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Jakarta Post

Jokowi lays wreath for Thailand's King Bhumibol

  • Liza Yosephine
    Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 25, 2016   /  09:39 pm
Jokowi lays wreath for Thailand's King Bhumibol President Joko "Jokowi" WIdodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo pray before the royal urn of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Oct. 25. (Courtesy of the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff/File)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana on Tuesday paid final respects to Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

"King Bhumibol's contributions to unity and the advancement of peace and prosperity of the people of Thailand is exemplary. Indeed, his wisdom and leadership will always be remembered," the President and First Lady had signed in the book of condolences for the King at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Tuesday.

The Thai monarch had reigned for 70 years and died on Oct. 13 at the age of 88. The government has declared a one-year mourning period and asked the public to refrain from entertainment for 30 days.

Jokowi and Iriana arrived at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in Bangkok at approximately 2 p.m. local time, where they were welcomed by the Kingdom of Thailand Household Bureau head Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya and Thai Foreign Ministry's Director General for Protocol Chakri Srichawana, according to a statement posted on the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff's website.

"While at the Royal Urn, the place where the King of Thailand was buried, the President and First Lady Iriana bowed their heads for a moment to pray for the late King of Thailand. Not long after, the President laid a wreath near the remains of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej," the statement said. (evi)

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