THAILAND : Thai Princess Ubolratana's unprecedented attempt to become the country's next prime minister was abruptly nixed on Saturday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the King opposing the plan.

The party's announcement effectively blocking Ubolratana's candidacy came after an extraordinary rebuke by her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and removes a hurdle for the ruling junta to hold onto power after the March 24 vote - the first since 2014 coup.

The Thai Raksa Chart Party, affiliated with the powerful Shinawarra political clan, had announced the princess as their candidate Friday morning.

The move rattled the status quo and threatened the ambitions of the generals who have controlled Thailand since the toppled the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra almost five years ago.

But the Thai King torpedoed his sister's bid in a sharply worded statement the same day that said bringing senior royal family members into politics was against tradition and ''highly inappropriate''.

Thai Raksa Chart responded swiftly, cancelling a campaign event on Saturday and issuing a statement saying it  ''complies with the royal command''.

Thailand has some of the most severe  lese majeste laws in the world and the King's world is seldom challenged.

Royalist Thais and celebrities praised the intervention on social media after the order, writing ''long live the King.'' [AFP]


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