BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday referred to as his elder sister’s bid to run for prime minister in March “inappropriate” and unconstitutional, probably sinking her candidacy for a populist opposition celebration.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, shocked the nation when she introduced on Friday she can be the only prime ministerial candidate for the celebration, which is loyal to ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, within the March election.
Her candidacy immediately threatened to upend the primary nationwide poll since a army coup in 2014 that ousted a authorities loyal to Thaksin, the determine on the middle of years of political turbulence and rival road protests which have riven Thai society.
However the opposition from Ubolratana’s youthful brother, a constitutional monarch, is more likely to result in the Election Fee disqualifying her.
Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 however the royal household has wielded nice affect and instructions the devotion of thousands and thousands.
“Involvement of a high-ranking member of the royal household in politics, in no matter means, is an act that conflicts with the nation’s traditions, customs, and tradition, and subsequently thought-about extraordinarily inappropriate,” the king stated in a press release.
The assertion was issued by the palace and later learn on air by a tv announcer.
King Vajiralongkorn additionally cited a provision within the structure that states the monarch stays above politics and maintains political neutrality.
“All royal relations adhere to the identical rules …and can’t take any political workplace, as a result of it contradicts the intention of the structure.”
Friday was the final day for events to declare candidates.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was military chief when he led the 2014 coup and now heads the ruling junta, additionally introduced his candidacy on Friday.
The March 24 election has been considered as an easy battle between Thaksin’s populists and their allies, on the one hand, and the royalist-military institution on the opposite.
Modifying by Robert Birsel and John Stonestreet