Thailand King’s sister officially out from the race of PM slot

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The sister of the King of Thailand was officially disqualified on Monday for the post of prime minister, a candidacy that created a political earthquake in the country, fueling rumors of a coup.

The names of the candidates for the post of head of government after the legislative elections of March 24 “have been announced, that of Princess Ubolratana is not listed, because all members of the royal family must be in above politics, “said the Thai Electoral Commission, ending several days of crisis.

The drama was played in three acts.

On Friday, the Thai Raksa Chart, allied with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a pet peeve of the ruling military, announces the candidacy of the princess, eldest sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The news provokes a shock wave in the country where members of the royal family are treated with a quasi-divine status and escape any criticism.

But, a few hours later, the king torpedo the ambitions of his sister, describing this candidacy as “highly inappropriate” in a country where “the monarch and members of the royal family are above politics”.

The Thai Raksa Chart quickly announces that it will comply with the wish of the monarch and the electoral commission valid the withdrawal on Monday.

“We continue our campaign, but it is true that the events of recent days have created a lot of confusion in the minds of Thais,” said Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democratic Party, questioned by AFP.

This article or news story originally appeared on AFP

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