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King appoints advisors

Posted by hasekamp on 7 December 2016 at 12:34 PM
HIS MAJESTY King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday appointed a Privy Council including three new members associated with the junta's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The new appointments took place only a few days after General Prem Tinsulanonda was selected again as the president of the Privy Council. The King named another 10 advisers to make 11 in total, while 19 councillors are stipulated by the interim charter. According to the Royal Gazette put out yesterday, three of the 10 are former members of the NCPO: former justice minister Paiboon Koomchaya, former army chief Teerachai Nakwanich and former education minister Dapong Ratanasuwan. The other seven were Privy Councillors under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and were reappointed. Most of the 10 advisers are publicly known to have close ties with Prem. The three new appointees are recognised as defenders of the state, anti-corruption enforcers, suppressers of political turmoil and protectors of the monarchy institution. (Source: The Nation)

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Everywhere portraits of new King

Posted by hasekamp on 7 December 2016 at 12:30 PM
Portraits of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn along with religious offerings were yesterday installed in front of major buildings in the Government House compound, including the Thai Khu Fah and Santi Maitree buildings. Yellow marigolds representing Monday, the King's birthday, were used to decorate Government House's front gate. The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) yesterday acknowledged the Royal command on the announcement of the King's official title and the National Legislative Assembly's announcement that it invited then-Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to take the Throne. At the beginning of the meeting session, NRSA president Captain Tinnapan Nakata led all participants to stand up and shout "Long Live the King" three times in honour of the new ruler. (Source: The Nation)

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Natiowide hoinoring on late Kings birthday

Posted by hasekamp on 7 December 2016 at 12:24 PM
Thais across the nation and abroad took part in activities in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Monday, observing his birthday in a solemn manner and pledging to follow his teachings. The events, organised by government agencies and public entities, ranged from alms-giving and handing out food and supplies to the poor, to making pledges to do good deeds. Candle-light ceremonies were held in the evening. About 50,000 people packed Bhumibol Bridge 1 and Bhumibol Bridge 2 in Samut Prakan province early in the morning. They were participating in an event organised by the government, which included giving alms to 999 Buddhist monks and singing a song of remembrance. The event was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and foreign envoys. The participants stood in silence for 89 seconds before singing "The Impossible Dream", composed by King Bhumibol, and the royal anthem. They also wrote their vows of good deeds on postcards. The Bhumibol bridges were selected to host the activity in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej who presided over their opening in late 2010. The two bridges along with a flood gate were built in recognition of the late King's initiative to help ease traffic problems and the annual flooding of the lower reaches of the Chao Phraya River. Meanwhile, at Lan Khon Muang in front of City Hall, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang led city officials and the public in alms-giving in the morning. In the evening, the plaza played host to a musical performance in remembrance of the late King which was followed by a candle-light ceremony. Similar religious ceremonies took place nationwide to honour the late monarch's commitment to the Thai people. In many areas, individuals announced their intention to follow the teachings of His Majesty the late King. (Source: The Bangkok Post)

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