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Thailand's revered king dies at 88

By The Associated Press in Bangkok ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-10-14 07:55:17

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died at age 88, the country's Royal Palace said.

Thailand's revered king dies at 88

The king, revered in Thailand as a demigod, passed away peacefully on Thursday at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, it said.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be the new monarch, in accordance with the Constitution. He said government officials will observe a one-year mourning period.

Thailand's revered king dies at 88

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