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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…

Thai minister urges ‘social sanctions’ for royal critics

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Thais should ‘socially sanction’ those accused of defaming the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the junta's justice minister said on Tuesday, as he vowed to hunt down critics both at home and overseas. The death of the world's longest reigning monarch on Thursday has left the nation bereft of its key pillar of unity and seen mass outpourings of grief from black-clad Thais. But it has also unleashed ultra-monarchist forces, including mobs and online crusaders scouring the web bent…

Grieving Thailand salutes late king Bhumibol Adulyadej

BANGKOK: Massive crowds of weeping Thais and saluting soldiers lined the streets Friday as late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was borne through Bangkok, a day after his death left an apprehensive country facing an uncertain future. Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, passed away at 88 on Thursday after years of ill health, ending seven decades as a stabilising figure in a nation of deep political divisions. The phenomenal reverence towards him in Thailand was on clear display as mourners sat for hours in Bangkok's…