Thailand election: Thai princess to stand as PM candidate

Thailand election: Thai princess to stand as PM candidate

Thailand election: Thai princess to stand as PM candidate

Thai Raksa Chart Party members reveal Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as their nominee for prime minister Friday morning at the Election Commission headquarters.

The princess was stripped of her royal title when she married a U.S. national in 1972.

"After returning to reside in Thailand, she established the "To Be Number One" project to encourage Thai youth to stay away from drugs, she traveled throughout Thailand and saw the people's suffering".

Ubolratana, a colourful, public-facing royal in contrast to her more restrained brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn, relinquished her royal titles after marrying an American decades ago.

Prayut has headed the junta for almost 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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"This has never happened before in Thai politics; the royal family has always been seen as being above politics even though everyone knows that it's the most powerful body in Thailand".

Prayuth is the army chief who seized power after the military toppled the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, in a 2014 coup and made himself prime minister.

It is the first time in recent Thai political history that an immediate member of the Royal Family has taken part in parliamentary politics but Ubolratana has shown a strong connection with the Shinawatra clan for a long time.

Thailand has not had a royal as premier since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

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