At 09.00 hrs., 29 November 2016, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) presided over the special session of the cabinet and then submit the resolution to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) that convened for the special meeting at 11.00 hrs.
At 11.20 hrs., the NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai presided over the special meeting which was attended by 243 members of the NLA for acknowledgement of the significant agenda from the Cabinet. The meeting comprised Mr. Surachai Liengboonlertchai, the First Vice – President of the NLA, Mr. Peerasak Porchit, the Second Vice – President of the NLA, Mrs. Wararat Atibaedya, Secretary – General of the Senate and Ad-hoc Committee Members together with the NLA Members attend in unison.
NLA President said that the significant agenda is the accession to the Throne of HRH Crown Prince as New King. After the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 13 October 2016. In the previous time, His Majesty the late King already appointed, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as the Heir to the Throne, according to the Palace Law. After the announcement on extending the invitation for the royal succession, NLA President led assembly to stand up in a show of respect and extend their best wishes to New King : “Long Live the King.”
The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim) B.E. 2557 (2014) in Chapter 2 of the King, in accordance with Section 23 in Chapter 2 of the Constitution B.E. 2550 (2007), states that… “In the case where the Throne becomes vacant and the King has already appointed His Heir to the Throne under the Palace Law on Succession, B.E. 2467 (1924), the Council of Ministers shall notify the President of the National Assembly (in the case, the NLA President). The President shall convoke the National Assembly for the acknowledgement thereof, and shall invite such Heir to ascend the Throne and proclaim such Heir the King. Afterwards, the President shall declare to keep the people informed.”