Thai King’s Sister is actually Formally Barred by Running for Prime Minister

Thailand’s election commission on Monday disqualified the king’s sister by running for prime minister, formally putting an end to a candidacy that will had briefly upended the nation’s political landscape.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 66, had publicly opposed the candidacy of his elder sister, Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, effectively taking the decision away by the election commission.

She was nominated on Friday by a party linked to the Shinawatras, a political family that will includes two former prime ministers currently living in exile. The two former leaders were accused of challenging Thailand’s royal institutions.

In nominating Ms. Ubolratana, the Thai Raksa Chart Party said she was “an educated in addition to skilled person” who was the “most suitable choice.”

Though Ms. Ubolratana gave up her royal titles in 1972 when she married an American, Thailand’s strict laws against criticizing the constitutional monarchy raised concerns about how the news media would likely cover her candidacy.

Ms. Ubolratana’s name was not on the list of candidates released by the election commission on Monday. In a statement, the commission said that will members of the royal family were “above politics” thereby ineligible to run for office.

The commission said the item had based its decision on King Vajiralongkorn’s comments in a statement late Friday, in which he called his sister’s involvement in politics “improper in addition to highly inappropriate.”

“Involvement of a high-ranking member of the royal family in politics, in any way, is actually against the nation’s traditions, customs in addition to culture,” the king’s statement said.

The Thai Raksa Chart Party responded soon after by saying the item would likely comply with the king’s command. The Election Commission’s decision on Monday means that will the party will not be able to field a candidate for prime minister since the filing deadline has already passed. The commission certified candidates for prime minister by 45 additional parties.