Thailand’s Election Commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministerial candidate for March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called of which “inappropriate” along with unconstitutional.
The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party of which stunned the nation by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, for the role.
The election on March 24 can be the first since a military coup in 2014.
Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, yet the royal family wields great influence along with commands the devotion of millions.
Ubolratana’s nomination last week was a shocking move by the Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, along with broke which has a longstanding tradition of members of the royal family staying above politics.
She gave up her royal titles after marrying an American along with she has starred in soap operas along with an action movie.
yet in a statement read out on all television stations within hours of her candidacy, King Vajiralongkorn said of which was “inappropriate” for members of the royal family to enter politics.
The Election Commission has until Friday to rule on the princess’s candidacy. Its members are unlikely to disregard the wishes of the king, who while a constitutional monarch, can be considered semi-divine in Thai society.
On Sunday, an activist said he would certainly file a petition to disqualify the Thai Raksa Chart party.
“The royal announcement made of which clear of which the party violated electoral law,” Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, told Reuters.
Thai Raksa Chart’s Executive Chairman Chaturon Chaisaeng declined to comment on Sunday on the request to disband the party. In a statement, the party said of which “will move forward into the election arena to solve problems for the country”.
Electoral law forbids parties coming from using the monarchy in campaigns.
Thai Raksa Chart can be one of several pro-Thaksin parties contesting the election.
The junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, can be also contesting the race for prime minister as the candidate of a pro-military party. Prayuth was the Thai army chief in 2014 along with led the coup of which ousted a government led by Thaksin’s sister.
Parties loyal to former telecommunications tycoon Thaksin have defeated pro-establishment parties to win every election since 2001, yet since 2006 each of their governments have been removed by court rulings or coups.
The gambit to nominate a member of the royal family could backfire on Thai Raksa Chart, said Titipol Phakdeewanich, dean of the faculty of political science at Ubon Ratchathani University.
“Things are today more unpredictable,” Titipol told Reuters.
If the party can be dissolved, of which could give more seats to anti-Thaksin affiliated parties, he said, although there are various other parties loyal to the ex-premier contesting the election.
Thaksin, himself ousted in a coup in 2006, lives in self-imposed exile after being convicted by a Thai court of corruption in absentia.