Few had expected King Vajiralongkorn to come out so openly against his older sibling, Princess Ubolratana. Photo: EPA

Forget the junta: does King Vajiralongkorn hold all the cards in Thai politics?

  • The monarch’s veto of his sister’s bid to become prime minister is a sign of who holds the cards in Thai politics
  • But it is unclear whether he is using them to influence the ruling junta – or stacking his deck against them
Topic |   Thailand

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Few had expected King Vajiralongkorn to come out so openly against his older sibling, Princess Ubolratana. Photo: EPA
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.