Thai party to comply with royal order against princess PM candidacy: statement

Thai party to comply with royal order against princess PM candidacy: statement

Thai party to comply with royal order against princess PM candidacy: statement

The Princess is the sister of HM The King.

The statement of fealty comes as the country ponders a Friday whirlwind in which Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, broke with tradition to become a candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart Party.

"Involvement of a high-ranking member of the royal family in politics, in whatever way, is an act that conflicts with the country's traditions, customs, and culture, and therefore is considered extremely inappropriate", the King said in a statement issued by the palace.

Her political leanings have never been explicit, but the princess was photographed with Thaksin and his sister, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, last year.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who was army chief when he led the 2014 coup and now heads the ruling junta, accepted his nomination from the Palang Pracharath Party, a new party set up by his loyalists, in an official statement. They settled in the United States where they had three children.

Any campaigning for the princess would be suspended as the party assessed its options going ahead, the party, founded by allies of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said.

Thai Raksa Chart announced the princess as their candidate Friday morning.

In general, like most of the royal family, she publicly kept herself aloof from Thailand's recent political turmoil.

But the plan fell apart some 12 hours later after HM the King issued a televised royal command prohibiting his elder sister from entering politics, saying a member of the Royal Family must be above politics.

In a written statement, Vajiralongkorn said Princess Ubolratana is "highly respected by all the royal family members" but that the monarchy in Thailand should remain above politics. After her divorce she returned to Thailand in 2001 and once again started participating in royal life.

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"I allowed Thai Raksa Chart Party to use my name for the nomination to the prime minister's post". She said she "sincerely wished" to see the kingdom progress and for people to enjoy unfettered rights, opportunities and happiness.

Others expressed unhappiness with groups such as Thai Raksa Chart linked to Yingluck and her brother Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup. "It is not easy for me to make my decision.it is a crucial moment for the country", he said.

An activist who called himself Champ 1984 said he was "disappointed" with the idea of a pro-democracy party enlisting a royal family member and would now vote for a different party.

1975: She receives a master's degree in public health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"I would like to say once again that I want to see Thailand moving forward, being admirable and acceptable by worldwide countries, want to see all Thais have rights, a chance, good living, happiness to all", she said, concluding with "#ILoveYou". She is referred to as "Tunkramom Ying" meaning "Daughter to the Queen Regent".

The Thai monarchy, a revered institution shielded from criticism by a tough defamation law, has traditionally been seen as above the political fray, although royals have intervened in moments of political crisis.

2004: Ubolratana's son, Bhumi, is killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Soon after Friday's announcement, her catchphrase #SongPhraSlender (Long Live Slender) was number one on Twitter in Thailand.

Mr Paiboon earlier on Friday had submitted a letter to the EC asking that it order Thai Raksa Chart to suspend its nomination of Princess Ubolratana.

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