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Thai Court disband political party to nominate a princess as its candidate: NPR

Prreechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart political party, speaks to the media at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. The court ordered the party's dissolution, days before Thailand's election. Sakchai Lalit / AP hide caption change text Sakchai Lalit / AP Preechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart political party, speaks to the media at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. The court ordered the dissolution of the party, days before Thailand's election. Sakchai Lalit / AP A court in Thailand has voted unanimously to dissolve an opposition political party that appointed a princess as the sole candidate for the prime minister and raised concerns about the justice and legitimacy of the country's elections on March 24. Judge of the Constitution The court said the political party of the Thai Raksa chart broke the law by bringing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol to politics. The court also banned the party's executive members from participating in politics for 10 years. Hours after her candidacy announced, Brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, denounced the nomination as unfit and incomprehensible. The electoral commission disqualified her from the campaign. The party then tried to bathe the allegation that it had violated Thai law, which forbids members of the royal family from directly participating in politics. The party said Ubolratana was not covered by the law because she abstained from her royal title when she married an American in 1972. The couple has since been portrayed. Officials of the Thai Raksa Chart…

Prreechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart political party, speaks to the media at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. The court ordered the party’s dissolution, days before Thailand’s election.

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Preechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart political party, speaks to the media at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. The court ordered the dissolution of the party, days before Thailand’s election.

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A court in Thailand has voted unanimously to dissolve an opposition political party that appointed a princess as the sole candidate for the prime minister and raised concerns about the justice and legitimacy of the country’s elections on March 24.

Judge of the Constitution The court said the political party of the Thai Raksa chart broke the law by bringing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol to politics. The court also banned the party’s executive members from participating in politics for 10 years.

Hours after her candidacy announced, Brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, denounced the nomination as unfit and incomprehensible. The electoral commission disqualified her from the campaign.

The party then tried to bathe the allegation that it had violated Thai law, which forbids members of the royal family from directly participating in politics. The party said Ubolratana was not covered by the law because she abstained from her royal title when she married an American in 1972. The couple has since been portrayed.

Officials of the Thai Raksa Chart have also argued that the complaint against Ubolratana’s candidacy, submitted by Thailand’s election commission, was illegal, as the agency failed to make a probe as part of its fair process.

The Ninth Judgment Panel Confirmed the Arguments, saying that, while renouncing its title, Ubolratana “still retains its status and status as a Chakri member “Dynasty”, referring to the current king line, reported The Associated Press.

Considering the fate of the political party, the court did not have a full trial and Thai Raksa Chart could not call witnesses in its defense, according to The Bangkok Post.

Prior to the announcement, the police used 1,200 offi cers to the Bangkok Security Court, and the Metropolitan Police Bureau banned public gatherings in the area.

Preechapol Pongpanich, the opposition party leader, talked to reporters outside the court after the announcement came and as supporters cried. “Whatever status we are in, we will do something good for the country,” he said.

The political party includes members who have been loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Both were deposited in military coupons and incurred corruption charges before fleeing the country to avoid imprisonment, and insisted that the procedure be politically justified.

The horse said that Thaksin’s respect for the throne in addition to his abuse of power led to

the Constitutional Court being one of Thailand’s most conservative institutions and has often decided on the nation’s generals and against Thaksin and his allies, the AP notes.

In a message published Thursday on Instagram, the Princess reportedly called the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart “boring and depressing”.

Pongpanich had introduced her as a compassionate candidate who “devoted herself to working for society at all times,” a person “willing to sacrifice for the people.”

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the military junta who deposited Shinawatra, trying to keep her service. He has approved the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party nomination as the sole candidate.

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