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On the 8th February Royal Command: an interview with Sawatree Suksri

Submitted on Tue, 2019-02-19 13:26PrachataiOn 8 February 2019, the Thai Raksa Chart Party (TRC) caused a political earthquake by nominating former princess Ubolratana Mahidol as their candidate for Prime Minister. This is the first time in Thailand’s political history that a high-ranking member of the royal family has officially sought a position in politics. Princess Ubolratana Ubolratana relinquished her royal titles in 1972 to marry fellow MIT student Peter Ladd Jensen, who she subsequently divorced in 1998. She returned to Thailand in 2001 and resumed royal duties and her position within the Thai court, but did not regain her formal titles. Her status as the eldest child of the late King Bhumibol and older sister of King Vajiralongkorn has raised questions from all sides as to whether she can run for political office. Related:  Former princess confirmed as PM candidate Involvement of high-ranking member of royal family in Thai politics is impertinent and unconstitutional, says Royal Command. Later that night, a Royal Command was issued saying that “…the queen, the heir apparent, and all members of the royal family come within the principles of being above politics and of political neutrality of the monarch and they cannot assume any position in politics because this would contradict the intention of the Constitution and the traditions of a democratic system of government with the monarch as head of state.” On 13 February, the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) then filed a case with the Constitutional Court to rule on the dissolution of the TRC Party for undermining the constitutional monarchy. Related: Constitutional Court to rule on dissolution of TRC Party, says ECT 9 judges will decide the fate of Thai General Election Prachatai interviewed Sawatree Suksri, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, on the legal status of the Royal Command... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, On the 8th February Royal Command: an interview with Sawatree Suksri, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you On the 8th February Royal Command: an interview with Sawatree Suksri

 

 

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Published By: Prachatai - Tuesday, 19 February

 

 

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