Thai princess barred from contesting PM elections

Feb 11, 2019, 4:58 AM EST
Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya had stunned the country with her plans to enter politics.
(Source: World of Royalty/flickr)

Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya’s political ambitions were nipped in the bud on Monday as the country’s election commission disqualified the royal from contesting for prime ministerial office, calling her candidature “inappropriate.”

In a statement, the commission said that the royalty is “above politics” and cannot hold “any political office,” mirroring the sentiments of the King, who had earlier, in a public statement, disapproved of the princess’ “unconstitutional” move to jump into the political arena, writes Reuters.

Princess Ubolratana stunned the country and the ruling military junta on Friday as she announced her plans to run for the prime minister’s office, a development with no parallel in Thailand’s history, notes South China Morning Post.

Thailand, a constitutional monarchy since 1932, will be heading into its first elections since 2014 when the military junta seized power in a coup.