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Thai Princess pulls out after King opposes her prime-ministerial bid

IANS  |  Bangkok 

The on Saturday withdrew the of for the Prime Minister's post of the country, hours after her brother, the of Thailand, called her nomination inappropriate.

The party, which is allied to divisive former Thaksin Shinawatra, said in a statement that it would submit to the royal order out of loyalty and respect towards the members of the royal household, news reported.

Earlier, in a message that sounded like a farewell posted on her account, the 67-year-old thanked the people of for their "love and support".

Without commenting on her candidacy, she said she would like to see the country make progress and all its citizens enjoy their rights and opportunities for happiness and well-being.

relinquished her royal titles in 1972 at the time of her marriage to an American, but following her divorce in 1998, she returned permanently to and has since enjoyed the due recognition of her lineage.

On Friday, she was nominated as the prime ministerial candidate of the Thai Raksa Chart party, opposed to the military junta currently ruling the country, for the March 24

The unexpected nomination of posed a turnaround in the political scenario in ahead of the polls, in which the of the junta and current will seek another term.

Around 12 hours after the nomination was filed before the authorities, said his sister's unprecedented involvement in was unconstitutional.

"A prominent member of the royal family becoming involved in politics, no matter how, goes against tradition," the said in a statement, adding "it is deemed extremely inappropriate".

Earlier on Saturday, the Thai Raksa Chart had cancelled Ubolratana's campaign events planned for the day.

The election, scheduled for March 24, will be the first to be held in the country since the military seized power.

The polls, which were postponed several times by the military junta, will be held to elect 500 members of the - the lower house. Some 375 of them will be chosen directly through constituency elections, while 125 will be elected through party-list proportional representation.

The - the upper house - will be formed of 250 legislators appointed by the military junta, and will take part in voting in the Parliament to elect a new Prime Minister, according to the new Constitution drafted by the junta and approved in a referendum in 2017.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 15:20 IST
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