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Remarks of H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, on 15 October 2016



Dear Thai people

At 19.00hrs today, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Thailand graciously granted an audience to General Prem Tinsulanonda, as Regent pro tempore, and myself, at Amphornsatharn Villa, Dusit Palace, for a presentation of a briefing on events at hand, as His Royal Highness was deeply concerned for the Thai people during this time of national bereavement, and as many throughout the country were being distressed by natural disasters and other problems.

An important matter that His Royal Highness graciously conveyed was that the Thai people should not have any worry or be unclear about the Reign or Royal Succession, as this issue has already been determined by the Constitution, the Palace Law of Succession, and Royal Traditions.  As for the timing and procedures of this process, His Royal Highness has commanded that, as we all are enduring a time of great sorrow, it is important for everyone to help console and support each other through this difficult time first, and that there should not be any impression of abrupt change in the nation which has been under the gracious benevolence of His Majesty the King.

All of us at this time should reflect on the wonderful memories of the past 70 years. After the religious ceremonies and Royal Funeral ceremonies take place for a certain period of time, it should then be appropriate to take the next steps, which should proceed accordingly.

The Government has already consulted with the President of the National Legislative Assembly to carry out His Royal Highness’ command, and therefore, wishes to inform the Thai people of this matter, so that there need not be any worry or concerns. This should be a time to pay tribute, offer blessings, and express our deepest condolences, as many have also shared the sentiment that they were born and have grown up during the 9th Reign, and therefore, will need time to adjust to change.

The Government wishes to thank all police, military, and civil officials for performing their duties forbearingly in assisting the public to attend several Royal ceremonies, as well as the Royal Cortège, on the 14th of October.

The image that left a profound impression on the world was the waves of masses of people on the Royal Cortège route, which truly reflected and represented the Thai people’s loyalty and devotion to our Monarchy.

As the Bureau of The Royal Household has announced that members of the public can come to pay their respects from the 28th of October onwards, I ask that we all continue to assist the public, in terms of security, health and safety, as well as nourishment. I would also like to thank the motorcycle taxis who have assisted the public in coming to attend the Royal Cortège. Your saying of “I would like to do this noble deed for Father” was very touching. I would also like to thank every sector that has helped to maintain peace and order in the country in the past 2-3 days, and I ask that you maintain this atmosphere continuously. The Government and NCPO promises to the Thai people that, in light of your compassion towards each other, we will perform our duties with integrity and loyalty, so as to live up to His Majesty’s aspirations always.