Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king, after the death of his father in October. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, became Thailand's new king on Thursday (December 2) after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October. King Bhumibol, 88, was widely loved and regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of political turbulence and rapid development in the Southeast Asian nation. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be known as King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, according to a statement released by parliament's public relations department. His ascension will likely allay worries among some analysts that the kingdom was headed for a period of instability following the death of King Bhumibol, according to a senior Western diplomat who declined to be named because speaking about the royal family is a sensitive matter in Thailand.