Ex-Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda named temporary Regent as throne remains vacant

Ex-Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda named temporary Regent as throne remains vacant

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Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda leaves a hotel in Bangkok Tuesday Nov. 4,1997. Prem, 77, a privy councillor to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is expected by local newspapers and the Thai public to take the premier's post after the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh. The expected change of the premier comes during Thailand's worst economic crisis in decades. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand’s throne remains vacant on Saturday as the country entered its first full day of an unprecedented year-long period of official mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

As a sombre nation continued to grieve for the world’s longest reigning monarch – who died aged 88 on Thursday following a long illness – more details have emerged about who, why and how the royal impasse caused by heir apparent Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s request to delay his ascent to the throne is being addressed to calm fears about uncertainty and the potential for instability.

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, 64, – whose colourful and controversial past mark him out as a completely different figure from his revered late father – has asked for his accession to be delayed so he has time “to mourn with the country’’… see more

source: scmp