Thailand King Vajiralongkorn condemns Princess Ubolratana’s prime minister candidacy

An official of Raksa Chart party submitting the registration document of Thai Princess Ubolratana bearing her photograph to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. Photo: Chin Chomdee / Thai News Pix / AFP
An official of Raksa Chart party submitting the registration document of Thai Princess Ubolratana bearing her photograph to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. Photo: Chin Chomdee / Thai News Pix / AFP

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn late Friday said a move by a political party to make his sister Princess Ubolratana prime minister if they triumphed in upcoming elections was “inappropriate and unconstitutional”.

“To bring a senior royal family member into the political system is against royal traditions and the nation’s culture… it is inappropriate,” an unexpected statement in the Royal Gazette said.

Early Friday, Thai Raksa Chart, a party affiliated with billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, submitted Ubolratana’s name as their only candidate for prime minister should they win the March 24 elections.

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