BANGKOK – The Thai parliament Friday convened a session for Tuesday to address a special motion in the parliament’s first session since the death of King Bhumibol and which is yet to proclaim a successor to the Crown.
Parliament Vice-President, Peerasak Porjit, said he does not yet have details of the content of the bill that the government will present to the legislature, the authority responsible for inviting the future monarch to the throne.
The parliamentary session, which will be broadcast live by state television, will be preceded by a special government meeting, reported local daily Matichon.
The Parliament, handpicked by the military junta, in power since 2014, has been in recess since Oct. 13, when it held an extraordinary session hours after the King’s death and adjourned without proclaiming the country’s new king.
Military junta head and Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, had said then that the proclamation was postponed due to Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn’s wish to spend some time mourning his father’s death before succeeding him to the throne.
Authorities soon announced that the coronation ceremony of the heir will not be held until after Bhumibol’s cremation, expected to be carried out within a year, although the proclamation may take place before.
Bhumibol is the only king that most Thais have known, elevating him almost to a divine status and a symbol of national unity.
Vajiralongkorn, appointed Crown Prince in 1972, has lived much of his life abroad, disconnected from the responsibilities of the throne and does not enjoy the popularity of his father.