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Thailand: Junta chief and king's sister to compete in election

It is an unusual process in Thailand: the Case of the next parliamentary election, Princess Ubolratana, the eldest sister of the king, as a top candidate against the ruling Junta-General.

Princess Ubolratana, the sister of king Maha Vajiralongkorn, wants to be Prime Minister. The 67-Year-old is at the election on may 24. March for the party Thai Raksa Chart compete. The party chief Preechapol Pongpanich said: This was a "great honour". Yet she had stepped in politics, never in appearance. You yourself said initially to your project. On Instagram, they spread the message: "We'll go together."

this is the first Time in the history of the Southeast Asian country, that someone from the king's house is applying for a position in the policy. A candidacy of the Princess had been speculated for a few days. Many don't believe it.

Princess Ubolratana, the oldest of four children in the decades-long king Bhumibol and his wife Queen Sirikit. Since the death of the old king in October 2016, the brother of the Princess, Maha Vajiralongkorn, at the top of the monarchy. The 66-Year-old, who is often in Germany, however, is not crowned yet officially.

General since the military coup in Power

Thailand's Premier General Prayut Chan-o-Cha

With your candidacy calls Ubolratana Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha. Prayut announced - as expected - also his candidacy. The General is since a military coup in 2014. The General is the top candidate of the party, Phalang Pracharat, which is close to the military. Over the course of several years, he had announced to hand over Power. Now, he said: "I confirm that I have no intention to extend my Power in the office. I just want to work for the good of the country and the people."

First election since the coup five years ago

24. March should be decided by the people in Thailand through a new Parliament. Thus, the country stands before the first democratic elections since the coming to power of the military in the year 2014. Thailand's last democratically elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been toppled after allegations of corruption by the military. A total of more than 100 political parties.

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (archive)

Originally, the vote should take place much earlier. The military leadership had delayed the appointment but several times - most recently in January. They justified the shift with the preparations for the coronation of the new king. In the past few months had demonstrated in Bangkok and occasionally anti-government protesters for free elections.

observers assume that Thailand's military power even after the vote an important factor in the country will remain.

Thailand: the First election after the military coup, 23.01.2019 coup in Thailand: army takes over control, 22.05.2014 Atlas |Thailand |Bangkok

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