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Oct 16, 2016 | 15:59 GMT

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Thailand: Coronation Of Crown Prince To Be Delayed A Year

Thailand's crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials said Oct. 16, BBC reported. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died Oct. 13 and the crown prince wants more time to mourn his father. Former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda is standing in as regent. Current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sought to reassure Thais about the succession in a TV address on Oct. 15. Questions about the crown prince's capabilities have been raised in the past. Prayuth took power in a military coup in 2014, which overthrew the civilian government. He has promised elections next year. The monarchy is seen as a unifying force in Thailand at times of political upheaval. The military government has made clear that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be the new king, but it is not clear when this will happen.

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