Thursday, 13 October 2016

Thailand king dead at 88


Mourners have thronged to mourn the admirable king of Thailand.

Bhumibol Adulyadej was  the world's longest-reigning monarch. He stayed70 years as head of state, the palace says.The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances.

Sources told CNN he was a giver to his very last moment. There were long lines to take photgraphs of the king's displayed portrait after his death. People were sad and complained no one will be able to fill his shoes as he had a big heart for his people. He settled so many disputes and brought peace and harmony to Thailand during his reign.

He was seen as a stabilising figure in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple coups.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be the new monarch, the prime minister has said.

In a televised address to the nation, Prayut Chan-ocha said Thailand would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be "toned down" for a month.

According to BBC  the prime minister described the king's death as devastated. He  said: "He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there."

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