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    Swazi monarch side-steps Thai king’s funeral

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    Based on Swazi cultural practice, King Mswati III does not attend funerals; and he does not even mingle with people who have been around a dead person.

    Swazi custom requires that the king stays away from such person until a period of seven days elapses, which is believed to be enough time to declare that person as having been cleansed of bad luck which is associated with a corpse.
    Consequently, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, Barnabas Dlamini, is in Thailand to represent King Mswati III at the funeral of the late Thailand King Bhumibol Adulydej, APA can report from Mbabane on Wednesday.
    The premier left Swaziland on Monday and arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday night, at the head of a delegation comprising the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mgwagwa Gamedze, and the Minister of Tinkhundla and Regional Development, Mduduzi Dlamini.
    Foreign media reports confirmed that the cremation date set a timeframe for the coronation of Bhumibol’s son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to throne in December 2016, but could not undergo formal coronation until his father’s funeral.
    The late King of Thailand died in October 2016, but that country observed its custom to mourn the king’s death for a period of 12 months, before the actual funeral.


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