Reungkrai Leekijwatana, an official with the Thai Raksa Chart party, holds a copy of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s candidacy application as he speaks to members of the media at the office of the Election Commission in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
(Brent Lewin/Bloomberg) HONG KONG — Thailand’s election commission on Monday excluded a Thai princess from their list of candidates for prime minister in the upcoming elections, ending her brief and dramatic entry into politics after opposition from her brother, the king.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, stunned Thailand when she was nominated by the Thai Raksa Chart party, aligned with ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his populist political movement.
[Thai princess says ‘I love you’ to fans as political aspirations appear quashed] The election commission, in its statement Monday, added that members of the royal family should refrain from politics and cannot “hold any political office.”
The election commission’s statement on Monday did not mention the Thai Raksa Chart party.
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