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Thailand’s king condemns sister’s intention to become Prime Minister

Princess Ubolratana Mahidol.
Photo Credit: AFP

Thailand’s king Vajiralongkorn has denounced as “inappropriate” his sister’s intention to run for prime minister in March’s election.

In a statement, the king said the unprecedented act would “defy the nation’s culture.”

The BBC reports that Princess Ubolratana Mahidol has been nominated as a candidate for an party allied to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

If she were to be nominated, it would mean a break with the tradition of the Thai royal family of of staying out of politics.

Analysts believe the king’s intervention is likely to lead to the election commission disqualifying her from the March 24 election.

In a palace statement, the king said: “Even though she has relinquished her royal titles in writing, she maintained her status and carried herself as a member of the Chakri dynasty.

“Involvement of a high-ranking member of the total family in politics, in whatever way, is considered an act that defies the nation’s traditions, customs and culture, and therefore is considered extremely inappropriate.”

The statement cited a passage of the constitution that says the monarchy should maintain political neutrality.






Rey de Tailandia condena intención de su hermana de convertirse en primera ministra


La princesa Ubolratana Mahidol.
Photo Credit: AFP

El rey de Tailandia, Vajiralongkorn, ha denunciado como “inapropiada” la intención de su hermana de postularse para primer ministro en las elecciones de marzo.

En una declaración, el rey dijo que el acto sin precedentes “desafiaría la cultura de la nación”.

La BBC informa que la princesa Ubolratana Mahidol ha sido nominada como candidata a un partido aliado al ex primer ministro Thaksin Shinawatra.

Si fuera nominada, significaría una ruptura con la tradición de la familia real tailandesa de mantenerse fuera de la política.

Los analistas creen que la intervención del rey podría llevar a que la comisión electoral la descalifique de las elecciones del 24 de marzo.

En una declaración de palacio, el rey dijo: “Aunque ella ha renunciado por escrito a sus títulos reales, mantuvo su estatus y se hizo miembro de la dinastía Chakri.

“La participación de un miembro de alto rango de la familia total en la política, de cualquier manera, se considera un acto que desafía las tradiciones, costumbres y cultura de la nación, y por lo tanto se considera extremadamente inapropiado”.

La declaración citó un pasaje de la constitución que dice que la monarquía debe mantener la neutralidad política.






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