BANGKOK – A Thai political party appointed by the Thai King's sister as its premiere candidate was dissolved by the Constitutional Court on Thursday for "hostile actions" against the nation's political system and constitutional monarchy.
According to Thai law, members of the royal family are considered over the policy. Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, the elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, was born as a princess, however, gave up her royal titles when she married an American in 1972. However, within hours of Mrs. Ubolratana's appointment by the Thai Raksa The Chart Party last month, King Vajiralongkorn, 66, considered her candidacy "inappropriate" and thus ended her short political career.
"The involvement of a high-ranking member of the royal family in politics is in any way against the nation's traditions, customs and culture are therefore deemed inappropriate and highly inappropriate," said the king on 8 February in a royal communiqué in politics would affect the neutrality of the royal institution.
"The action also brought the Thai people to the fact that the monarchy, which was the heart of th ai people, was torn down and used in a political game," said Taweekiet Meenakanit, one of the nine judges ,
To prevent political violence from spreading on the streets of Bangkok, as has regularly happened for decades, 1,200 police officers were deployed to the Constitutional Court on Thursday. Barricade signs warned that protesters could face six months in jail.
Supporters of the party cried when they heard the verdict of the court.
With the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart, supreme leaders of the party are prohibited from founding new political parties 10 years and more than 280 candidates are not eligible to vote in national elections scheduled for March 24.
"The decision has devastated me," said Preechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart. "The disruption of the political party has influenced fundamental political rights and freedoms."  He added, "Our party, although short-lived for just four months, has been warmly received by the people, we want to do good to the country, and we have pure intentions."
Human rights groups condemned that unanimous verdict of the court promptly.
"This decision highlights the abuse of judicial powers by the Thai authorities to restrict the peaceful violence association and expression of political opposition," said Katherine Gerson, the Thailand-based Amnesty International activist, in a statement.
Thailand was ruled by a military junta since a coup in 2014, during which the forces remained faithful to the Shinawatra family, which had dominated politics for almost two decades. Thai Raksa Chart, whose name means "Thai Save the Nation," was one of several parties associated with the Shinawatras taking place in the upcoming elections.
Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general and chief of the junta who ruled the coup, was later appointed by a stamp legislature as Prime Minister of Thailand. He is running for the Prime Minister as a candidate for the Palang Pracharat party, which is considered a substitute for a military that has carried out twelve successful coups since 1932.
Political elections, often unreliable in Thailand, place the military-affiliated party well behind Pheu Thai, the main political vehicle for the Shinawatra family.
Although Thailand continues with the rituals of democracy – competing campaign posters on the streets, a transgender candidate for a prime minister and a party whose platform is focused on promoting marijuana – the elections this month have fallen sharply.
A constitution written under military government gives parliament the power to elect the prime minister, including those who are not elected MPs, such as Mr Prayuth. The Senate is appointed by the military and not elected by the electorate, which includes more than seven million first-time voters.
Since Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire from northern Thailand, appeared on the political stage in 2001 as prime minister, parties affiliated with him have won every election. Both Mr Thaksin and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra, who also served as Prime Minister, now live abroad after corruption in exile abroad
. Thaksin was undefeated in a coup in 2006, in a whisper, building a power base that challenged the authority of the Thai monarchy and the political forces nearby.
Thailand has some of the strictest majesty laws in the world and criminalized insults of the monarchy. In the turbulent hours when Ms. Ubolratana's candidacy was announced and then despised, many political analysts from Thailand rejected the developing political drama.
Political activists and commentators were also charged for other reasons. Last year, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the young leader of the Future Forward Party and an outspoken critic of military rule, was accused of violating the Computer Crime Act, which punishes the exchange of counterfeit news and is viewed by human rights groups as a dull political instrument becomes.
Earlier this month, the police filed a lawsuit against Pongsakorn Rodchompoo, a deputy leader of Future Forward, who accused him of violating the same act. The fate of both politicians will be decided after the election.