Thai princess’s revolutionary run for prime minister nixed after king’s opposition

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The party that nominated a Thai princess to run for prime minister has said it will comply with the king's wishes after he opposed the move.

Thailand's Election Commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministerial candidate for March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called it "inappropriate" and unconstitutional.

The decision brings to an end a weekend of feverish speculation in Thailand after two remarkable events on Friday.

The Thai Raksa Chart party, affiliated with the powerful Shinawatra political clan, had announced the princess as their candidate on Friday morning.

"For Thai Raksa Chart supporters, this has created more sympathy to the party".

Quoting sources, Bangkok Post also reported that executives behind the princess fiasco may resign to the keep the party's prospectives for the March 24 elections afloat.

"Involvement of a high ranking member of the royal family in politics, in whatever way, is an act that conflicts with the country's traditions, customs, and culture, and therefore is considered extremely inappropriate".

Princess Ubolratana, earlier named by Thai Raksa Chart (Thais protect country) Party as its sole candidate for prime minister, can not practically assume any political post in accordance with the Royal Announcement and the 2017 constitution, the statement said.

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Meanwhile, a member of the Thai Raksa Chart retaliated with another petition to the poll body to reject the candidacy of current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, the head of the military junta who led a coup in 2014 to overthrow the democratically-elected government.

Members of the royal family should be "above politics" and therefore can not "hold any political office", the commission said in a statement, echoing the wording of a public statement from the king on Friday.

The King rejected Princess Ubolratana's assertion that she could run for office because she had given up her royal titles to marry a commoner in 1972, saying that she is still a member of the reigning Chakri dynasty and has received royal treatment since returning to Thailand in 2001.

Prayuth had been considered the front-runner, because changes in constitutional law and election rules were implemented by his government to make it hard for political parties without military backing to capture the premier's post. It will be the first general election in the country since a military coup in 2014.

Thailand's establishment has spent more than a decade trying to neuter his political machine through court rulings, constitutional rewrites and other changes to the electoral system.

Thai Raksa Chart on Saturday hastily issued a statement declaring its loyalty to the king and acceptance of his order, though it was technically too late to withdraw Ubolratana's candidacy.

The election also attracts the Pheu Thai Party of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and the Democrat Party of former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.

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