Thai crown prince to be proclaimed king

BANGKOK, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will meet with the head of the parliament on Thursday night, when he is expected to formally accept the parliament's invitation to ascend the throne.

President of the National Legislative Assembly Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Supreme Court President Veerapol Tungsuwan and Regent Prem Tingsulanondaare are set to have an audience with Vajiralongkorn later in the day, during which Pornpetch will invite the crown prince to formally ascend the throne.

Their audience will be broadcast live on TV at 6:30 p.m. local time (1130 GMT).

Vajiralongkorn, 64, will succeed his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at the age of 88 on Oct. 13.

Once proclaimed to be the new king, the crown prince will become King Rama X, or the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty founded in 1782, though his formal coronation will not happen before his father's royal cremation later next year.

[ Editor: meng ]
 

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