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Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

Thai parliament invites prince to become new king

BANGKOK: Thailand's parliament on Tuesday invited Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become the next king, resolving lingering anxiety over his accession following his father's death last month. The country has been plunged into mourning since widely revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, ending a remarkable seven-decade reign and removing a key pillar of unity in a bitterly divided nation. Tuesday's move ends a period of uncertainty sparked by the junta making the surprise announcement after Bhumibol's…