Thai Political Party Dissolved to Nomination Princess for Elections
The Constitutional Court in Thailand has dissolved the political party Raksa Chart after the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The Thai court also decided to ban directors of Raksa Chart from politics. The ban for party management is valid for ten years.
The electoral committee in Thailand wanted to have the party dissolved because it violated the electoral law by pushing the princess forward.
Princess Ubolratana previously apologised for “causing problems” with her candidacy. King Maha Vajiralongkorn had already called it “inappropriate” and illegitimate because members of the royal house must be above politics. The Electoral Commission, therefore, asked the Constitutional Court to lift the party.
Raksa Chart consists of allies of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was expelled during the coup in 2014. Thailand chooses a new parliament on 24 March. These are the first free elections since the army’s seizure of power in 2014.