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Former king Jigme Singye Wangchuck in a hush-hush royal decree handed over the reins of Bhutan to his eldest son Jigme Khesar who assumed office Thursday as the fifth ruler in the Wangchuck dynasty that came to power in December 1907.
Based on past history, this will likely affect the length of the November 11 public holiday (reducing it from 3 days to 1 day) and add a new public holiday to commemorate the birthday of the new King.
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