Thailand's cabinet acknowledges appointment of a new king
BANGKOK  - Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday acknowledged the appointment of a new king, defense minister Prawit Wongsuwan said.

The death of the much loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13 plunged the Southeast Asian nation into mourning. Most Thais have known no other monarch.

Following the king's death, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha signaled Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's widely expected ascension.

"After this, we enter the parliamentary process," the defense minister told reporters. "We expect an audience [with the prince] within the next one to two days."

According to procedure, the cabinet, which meets once a week, will ask the president of parliament to invite the crown prince to become king. The prince will then have to accept the invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king.
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