A new chapter in Thailand’s monarchy begins after Maha Vajiralongkorn, the crown prince for more than 40 years ascends to the king’s seat. This was following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the prince’s father.
Ascend to throne
Several weeks after a series of palace protocols, Vajiralongkorn was finally invited by the head of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for his official proclamation as the new King of Thailand. His proclamation marks the 50th day of Adulyadej’s death.
The said proclamation was broadcasted across the country by all television channels. Drum beats and gongs soon echoed the country as Buddhist temples were ordered to do so.
While the whole of Thailand may still be weeping over the death of their long-time monarch, many are also hopeful that Vajoralongkorn’s reign will be one that is full of vigor and renewed commitment to its people.
His official reign will start next year after his father is cremated. Following the dynasty lineage, he shall be known as Rama X of the Chakri dynasty.
End of turmoil
Adulaydej reigned Thailand for seven decades. Those long years were characterized by political turmoil, protests, and coup attempts.
The Thais are optimistic that changes will favor the citizens, the economy, and the nation as a whole.
Thailand and the rest of the world will see more of Vajiralongkorn on news items. Despite his new duties, the new king is known to be a man of few words.
Prior to his ascent to the king’s throne, he spent most of his time away from public eye. He even managed to live on his own in Germany. He was known to have a property there.
Vajiralongkorn was on divorce for three times. He was also thrown into the limelight connected to police corruption scandal. It linked to the family of his ex-wife.
The new king will inherit a throne of limited powers. However, what is interesting to note is the commitment and loyalty which elite businesses automatically gives. The military’s loyalty is also very firm as evident with how they failed the coup attempts.
A harsh lese majeste law also protects the royal family from open discussions geared towards criticism. Such law puts someone or any organization inside the country who will defame the royal members into a term of 15 jail years.
Due to this law, media organizations – both local and foreign, adhere to regular self-censorship.