Thai Princess Ubolratana’s attempt to become the country’s next prime minister abruptly ended today after her party agreed to comply with a command from the King opposing the plan.
The party’s announcement effectively blocking Ubolratana’s candidacy came after a rebuke by her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
The Thai king said, bringing senior royal family members into politics was against tradition and highly inappropriate.
Thailand will go to polls on 24th of next month. The Thai Raksa Chart party, affiliated with the powerful Shinawatra political clan, had announced the princess as their candidate.
The move rattled the status quo and threatened the ambitions of the generals who have controlled Thailand since they toppled the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra almost five years ago.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has not had a royal run for frontline office since 1932.