Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said the nation is to observe atleast 15 days of mourning King Bhumibol Adulyadej before the royal succession.
Thailand is in mourning. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the longest serving monarch is being mourned by his people. As matters of succession to the throne is still underway, the Prime Minister has declared 15 days of mourning before the succession takes place. After a cabinet meeting , the general told the reporters, “On the matter of succession, in accordance with the constitution, citizens in Thailand and abroad should not be worried or concerned.” He also explained the constitution’s directives on succession, “After at least 15 days of mourning, it will be the appropriate time to enact Section 23 of the constitution.”
As per protocol, the cabinet has to inform the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) about the heir and the news will be publicly announced once the NLA acknowledges the decision by the cabinet. The general announced last week that the coronation of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn would be in order after the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and also assured that the elections scheduled next year will not be affected by the recent turn of events. “Nothing has changed. The policies of this government, the laws — including elections — will be according to the roadmap. Don’t ask me when or how it will occur, the roadmap is the roadmap,” he told reporters according to a Bangkok Post report. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam also assured that there will be no delay in elections despite the time period involved in coronation, as some of the drafts were already prepared.