Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy

Thailand’s Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the country’s king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in the March general election.

The commission’s decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol’s political plans as inappropriate and unconstitutional.

The Thai Raksa Chart Party last Friday registered Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its candidate, defying precedent against royal involvement in politics.

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