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He apparently didn't want to, wanting time to mourn, as he said, and perhaps time also for the people to get used to the idea of a different King before there actually was one. In most European monarchies, in fact I think all of them apart from Belgium, it wouldn't have been possible to do this, as accession of the heir on the death of the previous monarch is automatic and instant. In Thailand there is a procedure whereby the legislature offers the Crown to the heir and he accepts, not becoming King until then. This would normally have happened the next day, but since it didn't there was an interregnum of a month or so, retrospectively cancelled by backdating of the reign beginning. The procedure is by the way pure formality where there is a designated or otherwise clear heir, the legislature must make the offer and only to that person, but still needs to be gone through before the new reign can begin.
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The Thai government has launched a probe of the BBC for it's Thai language site, and has blocked it over charges of violating Lese Majeste laws in its profile of the new King.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/740686/Thailand-king-BBC-faces-investigation-insulting-Thai-website-blocked

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4008772/BBC-investigation-profile-new-Thai-king.html

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His Majesty the King of Thailand has pardoned 150,000 prisoners, including several who had been convicted of insulting the royal family.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/new-thai-king-thailand-crowned-pardon-150-000-prisoners-insulting-royal-family-lese-majeste-maha-a7471486.html

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His majesty is off to quite the noble start, I wish HM the very best from now on.
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His Majesty the King of Thailand has taken steps to change parts of the new constitution being enacted by the Military government to ensure that royal prerogatives are not infringed upon.  Some have interpreted these acts to be moves towards greater power for the crown, some going as far as saying that he is trying to end the constitutional monarchy towards absolute rule.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2017/02/03/seeking-more-power-thailands-new-king-is-moving-the-country-away-from-being-a-constitutional-monarchy.html

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His Majesty the King of Thailand is putting his stamp on the royal court with new appointments and reshuffling of the Royal Household.  He has asserted royal authority by requiring changes to the proposed new constitution, seemingly putting the military junta in it's place.  He seems to be making an unexpectedly good start to his reign.  Few had predicted it would be as smooth as it has been.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-king-idUSKBN15T0GJ

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By the way, would anyone have an idea what King Vajiralongkorn's full name would have been before he became King ? I found accounts online of it being supposedly almost 70 words long, however the only thing about this I found was the following, listed on a bunch of trivia sites, reddit etc., without any official links.

Vajiralongkorn Barommachakkrayadisonsantatiwongse Deveshrathamrongsubariban Abhikhunuprakarnmahittaladuladej Bhumibholnaresvarangkura Kittisirisomburana Savangavadhana Barommakhattiyarajakumara

Now I can guess the original information might only be easily accessible in Thai and hence why no one's actually provided any kind of source, but then I'm curious whether what I found is even legitimate at all.
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His Majesty the King of Thailand has signed the new constitution for his realm after the ruling military junta accommodated the changes he requested in connection with the prerogatives of the crown.  This is the 20th constitution that Thailand has enacted since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932.  Elections are not expected to be organized in the near future.  Following the signing of the new constitution, there were some bomb attacks in the predominantly Muslim regions of the south were a separatist insurgency has long simmered.  These attacks let to a loss of power in some areas, but no people were injured.

http://www.phuketgazette.net/thailand-news/His-Majesty-King-signs-Thailands-new-constitution/66455

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/thailand-king-signs-constitution-path-polls-election

https://www.castanet.net/news/World/193733/Military-monarchy

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/06/first-look-major-changes-new-thai-constitution/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-south-attacks-idUSKBN17908H

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Interesting, thanks. I had a look at your fourth link to see what the changes were, and then another link from that which gives the full English texts of the five articles amended, side by side in before and after versions. They do all seem to strengthen the King's power, which I think is no bad thing; none of them amount to any possibility of royal despotism but they do seem to show that Rama X is establishing himself quite firmly in his position, for all the fears expressed about his character and alleged unpopularity pre-accession.

In the second link referred to, and provided directly above, sui juris at the beginning of article 17 effectively means 'able to act', i.e. neither incapacitated nor a minor. I had to look it up, so thought I'd save others the need. In the original link, the change to article 182 is said to remove ministerial responsibility for legislation etc., with the implication being that it then rests firmly on the King. I found this surprising, and indeed I don't think it's entirely accurate. As I read both the original and implemented texts, what was removed was the responsibility of the countersigning minister to personally implement the legislation or whatever, which I think was possibly removed as just being an unnecessary frill and wasn't anything particularly to do with the regal authority.
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An article highly critical of the new king of Thailand and the changes he has brought to the monarchy.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/new-thailand-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-reign-fear/

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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I see the author isn't exactly unbiased, what with having their content be banned from being shared in Thailand.
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