Thailand election commission moves to dissolve party linked to princess
Thailand’s election commission has asked the constitutional court to dissolve a party that proposed a princess as candidate for prime minister, a potentially serious blow to the political aspirations of the kingdom’s powerful Shinawatra clan.
Thailand sunk into political chaos since Friday, when Princess Ubolratana’s name was submitted by Thai Raksa Chart, a party allied with the divisive billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Her unprecedented bid to enter frontline politics was oposed within hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn, decried the entry of a royal into politics as “highly inappropriate”.
The commission brought a premature end to the princess’s political career by disqualifying her as a candidate for premier.