Thai prince's coronation after a year
Oct 16, Bagkok: Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn says he only wants to be coronated after a year.
The 88-year-old monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej had died on Thursday and the crown prince wants more time to mourn his father.
Former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda is standing in as regent.Current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sought to reassure Thais about the succession in a TV address on Saturday, saying they should not worry.
The 64-year-old crown prince "asked the people not to be confused or worry about the country's administration or even about the succession", Gen Prayuth said in his TV statement.
"He said at this time everyone is sad, he is still sad, so every side should wait until we pass this sad time."
Questions about the crown prince's capabilities have been raised in the past, although the strict lese-majeste laws prevent any open discussion of these.
The Oslo Times International News Network