PM says heir to the throne named December 28, 1972

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha called a special joint meeting of his cabinet, the National Council for Peace and Order and the National Legislative Assembly at the Government House on Thursday night.

No details were available about the issues being discussed at the special meeting.

Earlier, the prime minister said in his nationwide address that there are two important tasks that the government would have to undertake � one is about the succession to the throne issue and the other is the funeral ceremony for HM the King.

As for the succession issue, he said there are procedures stated in the constitution and in the Palace law dated B.E. 2467 regarding succession that will have to be followed strictly as well as the Royal tradition regarding succession to ensure the continuation of constitutional democracy with the king as the head of state.

The prime minister said the government would inform the National Legislative Assembly about the King’s appointment of a heir to the throne in accordance with the Palace law on December 28, 1972.

On December 28, 1972, then 20-year old HRH Prince Vajiralong was declared the Crown Prince in an investiture ceremony held at the Grand Palace. On that same day, four Black September Palestinian terrorists stormed the Israeli embassy and seized a number of embassy officials hostage.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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