Thailand court bans party over princess nomination

Mar 07, 2019, 5:17 AM EST
Earlier, Thailand's King had called Princess Ubolratana’s nomination “inappropriate and unconstitutional.”
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Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party, which had shocked everyone by nominating the king’s sister for prime minister in the country’s upcoming elections.

Earlier, Princess Ubolratana’s candidature was struck down following a public condemnation by the king, who called her entry into the political fray “inappropriate and unconstitutional.”

The verdict also banned 14 of the party’s executives from participating in politics for next 10 years, notes Al Jazeera. The ban on the party, loyal to ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, weakens his supporters’ strategy of roping in several small parties to secure more seats for Thaksin loyalists.

Thai Raksa, which targets younger, progressive voters, has created a political space in several constituencies, but the ban leaves these places without its candidates, thus upsetting the electoral mathematics for Thaksin supporters, writes The Guardian.