Thailand princess to run for Prime Minister, take on junta

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Bangkok: Princess Ubolratana, the elder sister of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has emerged as a candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart party.

The Thai princess will run for prime minister in upcoming elections. The shock entrance of Ubolratana is likely to throw the military’s plans into disarray.

It was agreed upon that the name of Princess Ubolratana, an educated and skilled person, is the most suitable choice, Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechapol Pongpanich told reporters here.

The party falls under the tutelage of Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire self-exiled former premier.

The announcement has given enough indication to take on the military party whose own candidate was also made public on Friday as junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

Prayut has headed the junta for nearly five years, scripting a new constitution in a bid to recast the entire political system to ensure the army has a foothold on power after elections on March 24.

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