Party of Thai princess faces ban after king's condemnation

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Ubolratana Rajaka, Princess of Thailand, attends "Thailand Hub of Entertainment", a film and entertainment industry event for investors, in Hong Kong March 24, 2010.

Thailand's electoral commission formally disqualified Princess Ubolratana on Monday, ending her brief and ill-fated political union with a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan.

Princess Ubolratana had claimed she was exercising her rights as a commoner to stand for election but she undermined her own candidacy by listing the royal "Grand Palace" as her residence on official registration papers.

"The provisions also cover the queen, heir-apparent and royal family members close to the king", stressed the royal statement, adding that they "may not hold any political position, as it is against the intention of the constitutions and constitutional monarchy tradition".

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

A spokesman for Thai Raksa Chart said the party "graciously accepts" the King's reservations and will follow "the royal command with loyalty to the king and all members of the royal family".

The nomination of the king's older sister, who has starred in soap operas and an action movie was a shocking move. The military government's leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is also contesting the race for prime minister as the candidate of a pro-army party.

Thai Raksa Chart's executive chairman Chaturon Chaisaeng declined to comment on the request to disband it.

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Announcing his candidacy yesterday, Mr Prayuth said he was running to "maintain peace and order" of the last five years despite a campaign to tighten controls on opposition parties which has led to democratic elections being delayed.

'The board agrees that the name of Princess Ubolratana, an educated and skilled person, is the most suitable choice, ' Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechapol Pongpanich told reporters.

"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.

Her shock nomination broke with a long-standing tradition of members of the royal family staying out of politics.

However, in a statement read on all Thai television stations within hours of her announcement as a candidate, King Vajiralongkorn said it was "inappropriate" and unconstitutional for members of the royal family to enter politics.

Thaksin has lived in self-imposed exile in England since he was deposed.

Dissolving Thai Raksa Chart could hand more seats to military-affiliated parties or other established parties, as well as a separate youth-oriented populist party.

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