31 Oct '16, 10pm

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn may become Thai King on Dec 1

BANGKOK • Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on Dec 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said yesterday. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 13 at the age of 88 has plunged the South-east Asian nation of 67 million people into a year of mourning. News of the December timeframe follows the Prince's departure for Germany at the weekend where he had personal business to attend to, one senior military source told Reuters, adding that the Prince would return this month. "We are making preparations. Everything is being prepared for Dec 1," said another senior military source who declined to be identified. "But this timeframe also depends on His Royal Highness." Prime Minister Prayut Chan- o-cha had said the Prince's formal ascension could be within seven to 15 days of the King's death, or later...

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