BANGKOK: Thailand’s election panel on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from working for prime minister, placing an finish to a surprising, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s phrases that royalty ought to be “above politics”.
The Election Fee launched the official record of events’ candidates for prime minister with out the identify of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, the king’s elder sister.
The record excluded Ubolratana “as a result of each member of the royal household comes inside the utility of the identical rule requiring the monarch to be above politics and to be politically impartial,” the panel stated in an announcement after a gathering.
The princess had accepted the nomination of the Thai Raksa Chart social gathering, a populist motion drawn from supporters of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been on the centre of greater than a decade of turmoil in Thai politics.
The March 24 elections are the primary since a 2014 navy coup toppled a pro-Thaksin authorities. Among the many candidates for prime minister is the present junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as military chief led the coup.
The panel didn’t point out a separate petition searching for to ban Thai Raksa Chart on the grounds that it violated election legal guidelines in opposition to utilizing the monarchy in campaigning.
Occasion leaders weren’t instantly out there for remark and cancelled a press convention deliberate for Monday.
Ubolratana’s shock nomination broke with a convention that members of the royal household keep out of politics.
Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, however the royal household wields nice affect and instructions the devotion of tens of millions of Thais, with the king thought-about to be semi-divine.
In an announcement learn on all Thai tv stations inside hours of Ubolratana’s announcement as a candidate, King Vajiralongkorn stated it was “inappropriate” and unconstitutional for members of the royal household to enter politics.
The dramatic occasions since Friday have put Thais on edge. Riot police models have been on excessive alert in Pichit province, north of Bangkok, the place the princess was resulting from go to later this week, based on Matichon newspaper.
Bangkok has been locked in political battle for greater than a decade — with avenue protests generally paralysing the capital for months at a time — between supporters of Thaksin’s populist model of politics and the mostly-middle class and concrete institution who determine with the monarchy and the navy.
Events loyal to Thaksin, a former telecommunications tycoon, have defeated pro-establishment events to win each election since 2001.
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