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WorldThai election panel disqualifies Princess Ubolratana as PM candidate

13:55  11 february  2019
13:55  11 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Princess Ubolratana should be ‘above politics’ says panel after she became PM candidate . The princess had accepted the nomination of the Thai Raksa Chart party, a populist movement drawn The 24 March elections are the first since a 2014 military coup toppled a pro-Thaksin government.

On February 8, the Thai Raksa Chart Party ( Thai Save The Nation) stated that Princess Ubolratana had registered as the party's candidate for prime minister in March elections .

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister on Monday, ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate".

The commission released the official list of parties' candidates for prime minister without the name of Princess Ubolratana, 67, the older sister of the king.

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

The princess had accepted the nomination of Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

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