Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, elder sister of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, marches with the royal guards during the procession transferring the royal relics and ashes of the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on October 27, 2017. Photo: EPA

Thailand’s king declares sister Ubolratana Rajakanya’s bid for PM ‘inappropriate’ and unconstitutional, likely killing princess’ bid for political power

  • A statement by the king was read on TV, apparently vetoing his sister’s candidacy and laying bare a split in the royal family
  • Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya shocked Thailand by announcing she would be the sole prime ministerial candidate for the anti-establishment Thai Raksa Chart party
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Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, elder sister of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, marches with the royal guards during the procession transferring the royal relics and ashes of the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on October 27, 2017. Photo: EPA
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From left: Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (L), Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak in 2016. Photo: EPA

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya seeking election as prime minister, turning campaign on its head

  • No Thai royal has ever run for political office at the highest level
  • She will run as the candidate for a party aligned with the exiled Shinawatras
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From left: Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (L), Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak in 2016. Photo: EPA
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