The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has joined the race to be the country’s next prime minister.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, will stand for a party that supports ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to registration papers.
Traditionally the Thai royal family stays out of politics, so this is an unprecedented move.
Thailand’s election is scheduled to take place on 24 March.
The princess is the eldest sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and has registered for the Thai Raksa Chart party.
The development raises questions about the future of other political candidates, amid speculation that no-one will run against a member of the royal family.
“In an astonishing move the elder sister of King Vajiralongkorn has submitted her name as the Prime Ministerial candidate for a party allied to former PMs Thaksin & Yingluck Shinawatra. As a royal, in reality, she cannot be opposed. This completely upends Thai politics”, Jonathan Head tweeted.
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