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Posted at: Feb 11, 2019, 8:31 AM; last updated: Feb 11, 2019, 8:31 AM (IST)

Party that nominated Thai princess for PM faces ban

Party that nominated Thai princess for PM faces ban
Ubolratana Rajakanya

Bangkok, February 10

The Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate for prime minister could be banned from a general election in March after an activist said on Sunday he would file a petition seeking its dissolution.

Thailand’s poll panel is to meet on Monday to consider the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, who stunned the nation on Friday when she said she would be the prime ministerial candidate for a populist party loyal to ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Her announcement drew a swift rebuke from King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the princess’ younger brother, who issued a statement hours later saying it was “inappropriate” for members of the royal family to enter politics.

The March 24 poll is the first since a military coup in 2014 toppled an elected pro-Thaksin government. The current junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is also in the race for PM, as the candidate of a pro-military party. The nomination of the King’s sister, who has starred in soap operas and gave up her royal titles after marrying an American, was a shocking move by forces loyal to Thaksin. — Reuters

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