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King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand asks for unity in his first New Year address

In his second public address since ascending to the throne of Thailand in December, King Maha Vajiralongkorn asked his people to leave aside uncertainty and partisan opinions and come together in unity, as the sole force which could take the country forward in the new year.

“No matter what problems we may face in our country, we believe that if we work together we can overcome and alleviate any situation,” said the King in a televised address on Saturday evening.

In his New Year speech, which was televised across the country on huge screens, the King took the opportunity to thank the people of Thailand for their unwavering loyalty and display of sympathy towards the Royal Family.

“This is a testament to how Thais are grateful, kind, compassionate and patriotic,” said His Majesty.

In the past months since King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away, the Thai people have observed with great humility and respect the mourning period, with millions of young and old, rich and poor coming to pay their homage at the Royal Palace, while many prayed daily for their lost King. In accordance to this, the New Year fireworks displays was cancelled.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the tenth monarch of the Chakri ruling dinasty of Thailand and is also been styled as Rama X. The King has accepted the crown on the 1st of December, but won’t be officially crowned until his father’s body’s cremation. His reign was retroactivelly declared to have begun on the 13th of October, the day his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away.

The new Monarch will have a busy beginning of his reign, and he is expected to endorse the new constitution drafted by the Government of Thailand, which is to start the process of restoring general democratic elections.


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