The Thai Raksa Chart party has presented its nominee for Thailand's prime minister, and she is none other than Princess Ubolratana, older sister of King Bhumibol. Will the election be a showdown between the Shinawatra dynasty and the military junta?
Thailand's king has blocked an attempt by his sister to run for prime minister. Just one day after putting the princess forward as its candidate, the Thai Raksa Chart party says it will comply "with the royal command."
Thailand's Election Commission has officially disqualified Princess Ubolratana from running for prime minister in the upcoming March election. It said that the royal family should stay "above politics."
On Friday, there was a chance that the military junta in Thailand would lose power following Princess Ubolratana's announcement to contest polls. But after the king's decree, the military's position is better than ever.
Thailand's military regime under PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha has been taken by surprise after Princess Ubolratana said she will contest in the next elections. A Thai journalist explains what the move means for Thai politics.
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