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Maha Vajiralongkorn

Crown Prince becomes new king of Thailand

BANGKOK: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became the king of Thailand late Thursday, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. The 64-year-old inherits one of the world's richest monarchies as well as a politically febrile nation, and was proclaimed 50 days after King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death. After weeks of complex palace protocols the prince was invited by the head of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to ascend the throne in an event broadcast on all…