Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Thai King Dashes Sister's Political Dreams

Princess Ubolratana who says she will be a candidate for Prime Minister in next month's elections in Thailand Thai Princess Running for PM'We're Entering an Uncharted Territory
Kenny Thornton | 11 February, 2019, 13:39

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate", ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party.

But the king issued a statement which said: 'To bring a senior royal family member into the political system in any way is against royal traditions and the nation's culture. which is very inappropriate'.

The Thai Raksa Chart party - Princess Ubolratana's nominating party - has said that it "graciously accepts" the royal announcement and "would abide by election regulations and royal tradition".

That ends a bold gambit by the anti-military coalition to boost its popularity and insulate itself against charges of being anti-monarchy, by having the king's flamboyant older sister Ubolratana run for prime minister, although her nomination can not be legally withdrawn.

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions.

The junta leader, Prayut Chan-o-cha, is also contesting the race for prime minister, as the candidate of a pro-military party.

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

Before the withdrawal, Paiboon sent a letter to the Election Commission to request suspension of her nomination.

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The nomination of the king's elder sister, who has starred in soap operas and an action movie and gave up her royal titles after marrying an American, was a shocking move by forces loyal to Thaksin, who face an uphill battle in the election.

The commission is also considering a complaint seeking to ban the Thai Raksa Chart party but did not mention the petition on Monday.

"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.

"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.

Mr Prayut overthrew the democratic government of Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Thai royal family, a revered institution shielded from criticism by a tough defamation law, has traditionally been seen as above the political fray, although royals have intervened in moments of political crisis.

In a statement broadcast across Thai television networks, King Vajiralongkorn, 66, said: "Even though she has relinquished her royal titles in writing, she maintained her status and carried herself as a member of the Chakri dynasty".

Thaksin, himself removed in a coup in 2006, lives in self-imposed exile after being convicted by a Thai court of corruption in absentia.

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