BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai princess, whose amazing announcement she ran for the prime minister, was quickly rejected by her brother, the king. She thanked her supporters on Saturday and said she wanted Thailand to "move forward", but she did not comment on her candidacy.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, shocked the country on Friday by announcing that she would be the Prime Minister's candidate for a populist party remaining loyal to incumbent former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
But her foray into politics – the break with the royal tradition – seemed to be shortly after her younger brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and quickly signaled that he was against it, which would likely lead to her disqualification.
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The appointment of a royal family member by pro-Thaksin forces was a courageous move that potentially undermined Thaksin's passionately royalist enemies and led an election campaign with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup in 2014.
But King Vajiralongkorn's swift blame for his sister's bid could affect pro-Thaksin troops, who might face retaliation if the electoral authorities have unlawfully tried to use a royal connection.
"The events on Friday have been amazing, prompting people to completely rethink their views and perspectives, as well as the country's future political development," said Jay Harriman, senior director at BowerGroupAsia, a government affairs consultant.
"The monarchy has a semi-divine status in Thailand. Public appearances and statements often refer to royal tasks or events, "he added. "Such a disagreement has almost never happened in the recent past."
The Thai Raksa Chart party, which Ubolratana had nominated as her candidate for the prime minister, said she accepted the King's remarks "graciously" and abided by the electoral provisions and the king's tradition.
66-year-old King Vajiralongkorn spoke late on Friday his message The candidacy of the older sister was "inappropriate" and it was against the spirit of the constitution that the kings should be involved in politics.
While the electoral commission has the final word on the candidate's approval, it seems unlikely that its members would ignore the King's powerful influence in the decision.
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In an Instagram post on Saturday, the princess did not directly mention her brother or her political hopes, but thanked the supporters for their "love and kindness towards the last day" and thanked them for their support for them.
"I would like to say once again that I want Thailand to progress, be admirable and acceptable by international countries, that all Thais have rights, a chance, a good life and happiness for all," she said. finally with "#ILoveYou".
Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family had great influence.
Friday was the last day the parties could declare candidates.
The parliamentary elections had generally been viewed as a clear struggle between Thaksin's populists and their allies on the one hand and the royalist-military establishment on the other.
The main antagonist of the princess, if her nomination were to succeed, would be Prayuth, who also announced on Friday his candidacy as a candidate for a new pro-military party founded by his loyalists.
The nomination party is an offshoot of the larger pro-Thaksin party that was ousted from power in the coup in 2014, and is considered a support party if the main party is disqualified.
A scheduled event was canceled on Saturday. The princess was not planned to appear.
Ubolratana gave up her royal title in 1972 when she married an American, a fellow student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Peter Jensen. She lived in the United States for over 26 years before she was divorced in 1998.