Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy - News Summed Up

Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy


The commission’s decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol’s political bid as inappropriate and unconstitutional. ADVERTISEMENTThe Thai Raksa Chart Party last Friday registered Ubolratana as its candidate, defying precedent against royal involvement in politics. A royal order late Friday night from King Maha Vajiralongkorn said tradition and law barred the princess from politics. Ubolratana’s involvement was seen as a challenge to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a 2014 military coup and is favored to win the March 24 election, which 45 parties are contesting. Thai Raksa Chart on Saturday hastily issued a statement declaring its loyalty to the king and acceptance of his order, though it was technically too late to withdraw Ubolratana’s candidacy.


Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer February 12, 2019 04:41 UTC



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