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    Thai Princess Ubolratana Mahidol waves to Thai people outside Grand Palace in Bangkok , Thailand. The selection of the elder sister of Thailand’s king as a political party nominee for prime minister has upended a tradition of the palace playing no public role in politics. Most but not all modern monarchies steer clear of direct involvement in electoral politics or governing

    Thai Princess Disqualified From PM Candidacy - Election Commision

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    On February 8, the Thai Raksa Chart Party (Thai Save The Nation) stated that Princess Ubolratana had registered as the party's candidate for prime minister in March elections.

    The Thai Election Commission published on Monday its list of candidates who are eligible to run for prime minister, however, the name of a 67-year-old candidate — the elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Ubolratana, was absent.

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    This comes after last week, local media reported that the Thai Raksa Chart Party (Thai Save The Nation) announced that Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's elder sister, 67-year-old Princess Ubolratana, had registered as the party's candidate for prime minister in the upcoming March elections.

    Thailand is expected to hold a general election on 24 March — for the first time since the 2014 military coup that saw Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck, who both served as prime minister, driven away from the country. 

    Prayut Chan-o-cha, the incumbent prime minister and the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a military leadership that has been ruling the country since 2014, will also run for office as the pro-military Palang Pracharath Party candidate.

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    election, Central Election Commission, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, Thailand