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Before the parliamentary elections: the sister of the King of Thailand on mixes

The oldest sister of the Thai king is running for the office of the government. The unusual nomination is not likely to ease the ruling military.

The Princess has performed as a singer. Also an actress she was. The Film was shown in Cannes. Ubolratana Mahidol plays at the same time, a career mother, and the heart-sick daughter. She's always busy like multiple roles in life. "Operation noodles" you said earlier.

"I have sing it always to be loved and I love acting. I probably just stand in the center. When I was a child and asked what I wanted to be, as I said, I want to be a Star, a singer," she says.

Now she wants to be a politician. As a candidate, the eldest sister of king Maha Vajiralongkorn Thai Raksa-Charter-party was nominated. The party was founded by supporters of the ousted Prime Minister Yingluk Shinawatra, called red shirts. What is the role of the king in plays and whether the nomination of his sister is a clever move to gain political Power, is unclear.

Independent and headstrong personality

The 67-year-old Princess gave up her title to marry an American. She studied mathematics in Massachusetts, and is considered to be an independent and headstrong character. Since their divorce in 2001, she lives in Thailand and is part of the courtly life. To be yourself, that's what she said after her first movie in an Interview in Cannes, the times, was probably the most difficult role to play: "This is not easy at all, I would say never. The closer you get to yourself in life, the harder it will be."

In Thailand, a proposed its nomination like a bomb. The social media have been downright flooded with the Hashtag "Long live slender man" - a nod to their delicate appearance. The people's reform party of the military government expressed doubts as to the legitimacy of the candidacy, because traditionally the Royal family in Thailand as well as from the policy.

Highly nervous Junta?

But the Junta also makes it highly nervous that there are with Princess Ubolratana now a competitor to the popular king's house for the unpopular Premier Chan Prayut Ocha. The had a military coup in 2014, as army chief to Power and Thailand's military dictatorship transformed with press censorship and arrest of critics.

Thailand's Premier General Prayut Chan-o-Cha

With the shrinking economy of Thailand grew, the discontent of the people, however, was the re-election Prayuts on 24. March so far, as almost for sure. Because the military have also hindered the Opposition in every imaginable way. But the sister of the king, you can hardly Silence.

Princess out calls General in election in Thailand
Holger Senzel, ARD Singapore
08.02.2019 11:52 PM

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