BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 journalists are convening in Brunei to cover the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's accession to the throne, which will be held on Thursday.
Installed as the crown prince in 1961 at the age of 15, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah was proclaimed as the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam on Oct. 5, 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his late father. This year marks the 50th anniversary or Golden Jubilee of the Sultan's accession to the throne.
According to Brunei's Information Department at the Prime Minister's Office, besides local media, some 70 foreign media representatives have registered to cover the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah's Accession to the Throne, including AFP, Reuters and media from some Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Xinhua is also invited to cover the whole celebration throughout October.
The Brunei government has set up a large media center located at the center of Bandar Seri Begawan to help facilitate their works and to better accommodate the local and foreign media covering the historic event.