No official statements have been yet made by the government as to when the royal succession will take place, although Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam hinted the processions could take up to 172 days.
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was announced as the royal heir to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej; however not much have been disposed by the officials as to the time-frame of the coronation. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam made clashing statements in a difference of hours, while answering to the time-frame of succession. When the Prime Minister hinted that the crown prince will ascend to the throne as Rama X within 7 to 5 days, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that the succession will take place only once the funeral processions and the prayers are over, which could span well over five months.
“That’s the sequence of how we Thais make merit,” the Deputy Prime told reporters. “That’s all the meaning there is. There’s nothing complicated or mysterious.” He also added that the prince has requested for more time to grieve for his late father. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn’s delay in taking the throne made Prem Tinsulanonda, the 96-year-old Councilor regent and acting head of state as per protocol. Wissanu also assured that the constitution which was approved in August will be signed by the Crown Prince. However he was not available to comment whether that could be achieved by February.