PRESIDENT ZUMA EXTENDS CONSOLATION TO THAILAND OVER DEATH OF KING BHUMIBOL

President Jacob Zuma has extended South Africa’s condolences to the people of Thailand following the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in a Bangkok hospital on Thursday.

King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch, ascended the throne on June 9, 1946, at the age of 18. He was the youngest son of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and was born on Dec 5, 1927, in Massachusetts in the United States.

His passing at the age of 88 ended seven decades on the throne.

In a statement here, the Presidency said that during King Adulyadej’s tenure, he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability for Thailand which had weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946.

The Presidency added that during his 70-year reign he worked to serve his people, “…And he was regarded as close to divine by the Thais”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.