Thai Newspapers: “The whole country is crying”


From Daily News, October 15, 2016
Top: ‘The King’ passed away – Flying flags at half-mast – Public officers wear mourning clothes for one year
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & World leaders offer their condolences [The Thai public has a special fascination with handsome King Jigme of Bhutan.]
Right: King Jigme of Bhutan and world leaders offer their condolences to the father of Thailand. His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduylayadej passed away peacefully at Siriraj Hospital at the age of 89. He was 70 years reigning and passed away on Thursday 13 October 2559 at 15.52. The government asks that public officers… continue reading page 3 [In Thailand, as in many countries, one’s age is counted from the year one’s birthday occurs in. Thus, although the King did not reach the date of his 89th birthday (on December 5), he is considered to be 89.]
Below (a poem): The world is crying for the passing of the King. The sky becomes dark in the whole Thailand as our sorrow. Similarly, the sun is gone from the world. We together bid farewell to our King in returning to heaven.
Si-Phrya Printing Company
Composed by Jurai Warasakyothin


From KhaoSod, October 15, 2016
Top: The whole country is crying. The King passed away on 13 October 2559 at 15.52 at the age of 89 – 70 years in his reign
In box on left: His biography on page 2-3. He is still there in people’s hearts page 8-9
Middle large headline: Appointing the heir of the monarch
Sub-headline: King Rama X is the monarch. The PM said it followed the royal law from 28 December 2515 [1972]. Special cabinet meeting has already submitted this to the NLA.
Right: PM said His Majesty King Bhumibol or King Rama IX has already appointed the heir in compliance with the royal law on 28 December 2515 [1972]. The National Legislative Assembly will… continue reading on page 10.
Black box in the middle: ‘Somkid’ orders to hunt those responsible for speculation. Confirms Thailand still has potential.
Sub-headline: ‘Big Poom’ blamed those who spread the rumor and vowed to legally charge them. Asks people to trust in the prime minister. He can solve all problem so do not worry. Continue reading page 10.
[This was in response to rumors, particularly by foreign “experts” on the monarchy, that the country would become unstable after the King’s passing or that there was some dispute over the succession. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak together with Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan (or Big Poom) vowed to hunt those responsible for speculation that hurt the stock market.]
Black box at bottom: Set mourning for one year and stop entertainment for one month, Flying flags at a half staff for 30 days. The government encourages people to make merit, The government announced a mourning period of 1 year–governmental offices and educational institutions. Continue reading page 2.

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