A special session by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) today acknowledged Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to be Thailand’s new King.
NLA president Pornpetch Witchitcholchai, who chaired the briefly-held special session, said the assembly would seek an audience with the Crown Prince to formally invite him to ascend the throne.
He, however, did not provide the exact date of the audience with the Crown Prince.
The Crown Prince will succeed his late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Oct 13, if he accepts the invitation by the NLA to ascend the throne.
The widely admired late King was 89 and had been recognised as the longest-reigning monarch in the world.
The coronation of Thailand’s new King is expected to be held after the royal cremation ceremony.
The Crown Prince, 64, is the only son of the late King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, and had been named as the heir to the throne on Dec 28, 1972 at 19 years old.
A military officer with the Royal Thai Army since 1975, he received his early education in Thailand before furthering his studies in the United Kingdom and Australia.
He is a certified pilot and can fly fighter as well as transport aircraft.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet members, armed forces chiefs and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) held a special meeting at the Government House.
The hour-long special meeting was to submit the Crown Prince’s name to the NLA.
When asked by the media after the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said the audience with the Crown Prince would most probably be held tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.