Thailand‘s Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister after King Maha Vajiralongkorn known as the bid”inappropriate”, finishing a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party.

The commission released the official list of parties’ candidates for prime minister on Monday with no title of Princess Ubolratana, the older sister of the king.

Members of the imperial family must be”above politics” and consequently can’t”hold any political office”, ” the commission said in a statement, echoing the wording of some public statement by the king on Friday.

The 67-year old princess had accepted the nomination of both Thai Raksa Chart party, composed of fans of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Her jolt nomination broke using a longstanding tradition of members of the royal household staying out of politics. 

Thailand was a constitutional monarchy since 1932, although also the imperial family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions.

Ubolratana was stripped of her royal name when she married a US nationwide in 1972.

She returned to Thailand from the late 1990s after obtaining a divorce. Though her name was not revived, she is considered and treated like royalty by men and women in Thailand\.

In a statement read out on all television channels within hours of her candidacy,” King Vajiralongkorn stated that it was”inappropriate” for members of the imperial household to get into politics.

Thai Raksa Chart responded quickly, cancelling a campaign event on Saturday and issuing a statement saying it”complies with all the royal command”.

The party could be banned in the March 24 election following an activist said he would file a petition seeking its dissolution.

Thai Raksa Chart is just one of several pro-Thaksin parties contesting this election. The military government’s leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is also contesting the race for prime minister because the candidate of a party\. Prayuth was the Thai army leader in 2014 and led to the coup that overthrew a government led by Thaksin’s sister. 

Parties faithful to former telecommunications tycoon Thaksin have defeated pro-establishment parties to acquire every election because 2001 but, since 2006, all the governments was removed by court rulings or coups.

The gambit of nominating a part of the royal household can backfire on Thai Raksa Chart, said Titipol Phakdeewanich, dean of the faculty of political science at Ubon Ratchathani University.

“Things are now more unpredictable,” Titipol told Reuters.

When the celebration is chilled, it might give more seating to anti-Thaksin affiliated parties,” he explained, even though there are different parties loyal to the former prime minister contesting the election.

Thaksin, himself removed in a coup at 2006, lives at self-imposed exile after being convicted by a Thai court of corruption at absentia.


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