Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thai poll body to rule on princess' PM bid after king's rebuke

Thai poll body to rule on princess' PM bid after king's rebuke

Princess Ubolratana Rajaka of Thailand attends "Thailand Hub of Entertainment", a film and entertainment industry event for investors, in Hong Kong.

The political hopes of the princess were dashed nearly immediately when her younger brother, the king, issued a terse statement saying his sister's candidacy was "highly inappropriate" and went against tradition and national culture.

The 67-year-old princess's shock announcement on Friday drew an nearly immediate rebuke from her younger brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The commissioners voted to shoot down the nomination just three days after His Majesty the King barred Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 68, from the race for the top government job on the grounds that royal family members can not get involved in politics.

The Thai Raksa Chart party had announced Friday that Princess Ubolratana, who is 67, would be the party's prime minister nominee for the March 24 election.

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 March 24 elections are the first since a 2014 military coup toppled a pro-Thaksin government.

The party said it complied "with the royal command with loyalty to the king and all members of the royal family".

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The nomination of the king's older sister, who has starred in soap operas and an action movie was a shocking move.

Thai Raksa Chart, the party that nominated the princess on Friday, said its executives will speak at a news conference at 5.30pm today. Its members are unlikely to disregard the wishes of the king, who while a constitutional monarch, is considered semi-divine in Thai society.

"The royal announcement made it clear that the party violated electoral law", said Mr Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution. Among the candidates for prime minister is the current junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army chief led the coup.

"The EC must therefore take steps to dissolve the party", Paiboon said, citing Section 92 of the 2018 Political Party Act's stipulation on dissolution of the party when it has obtained credible evidence that it has committed an act deemed hostile to constitutional monarchy rule.

Parties loyal to former telecommunications tycoon Thaksin have defeated pro-establishment parties to win every election since 2001, but since 2006 each of their governments have been removed by court rulings or coups.

The royal family has a long-standing tradition of staying out of politics, and electoral law forbids parties from using the monarchy in campaigns.

Thaksin has lived in self-imposed exile in England since he was deposed.

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