Six weeks before the parliamentary election in Thailand, the older sister of the king makes for a huge Surprise: Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavad is running with the aim of becoming the Prime Minister of that Southeast Asian country. Experts see in their candidacy a "political earthquake". Princess Ubolratana has become now a big Challenger of Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
That Ubolratana Rajakanya comes from the revered Royal family, is a huge advantage in the options . In addition, she is also an actress and singer at the people in Thailand are very popular. Worldwide, it would be a novelty, if the sister of a reigning king would democratically head of government elected.
The 67-year-old political newcomer is running as a candidate for a party that will be worn by the followers of the two former heads of government from the influence of the family Shinawatra, Thaksin and his sister Yingluck. The Shinawatra family is considered the Nemesis of the military, which had a military coup in may 2014, the Power and as a defender of the monarchy. The king but is said to have a difficult relationship to the Junta chief. He is expected to support the candidacy of his sister.
Princess Ubolratana is regarded as a close Confidante of the former head of government Yingluck Shinawatra, who lives as her brother Thaksin in exile. Politically, the Princess could not clearly classify. The Shinawatras had made with social reforms at the sub-layer and the population of the country popular. They promised higher pensions, higher minimum wages and health care for all.
In Switzerland, in the United States
Princess Ubolratana lived a colorful personality is born. It is famous in Thailand not only as the sister of king Maha Vajiralongkorn, but also as an actress, fashion lover, and Social Media Star. According to her, a dam in Thailand is named, the Ubolratana dam. Ubolratana, the eldest daughter of the 2016 late king Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. King Bhumibol was and is revered as a demi-God in the Thai population.
The Lausanne-born daughter of the king has lived for 26 years in the United States. She studied biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit), where she met her future husband. In 1972, she married the American Peter Jensen. Because of the marriage with a Commoner, she lost the highest Princess title. Since then, she is not a member of the closer Royal family, in Thailand it is called, however, continue to Princess. The Couple had three children. Her only son came in the Tsunami disaster on the 26. December 2004 claimed the lives of. Princess Ubolratana, the left, in 1998, a divorce, lives since 2oo1 permanently in Thailand.
Princess Ubolratana as a singer on the concert stage. Source: Youtube/Royal world Thailand
In her homeland, she made as an actress. So, she played the main role in several Thai films ("Where the Miracle Happens", "My Best Bodyguard" and "Together"). In addition, she also performs as a singer. Very active the Princess is in the social media, where they are widely used to music videos with her as a singer. She has millions of Followers. Interest in politics was aroused in her, as she led a few years ago an Anti-drug campaign and in the framework of this commitment, toured the country and many young people met.
An important step in the direction of democracy
Princess Ubolratana has made their political ambitions today, Friday, Republic, after, in recent days, speculation had been. The Princess herself spread on Instagram with the message: "We will go together. To all citizens of Thailand, thank you for your love and support." She was the "best choice" for the office of the Prime Minister, said Preechapol Pongpanich, the Chairman of their party. It was formed "and sent". With your application, the Princess turns against Thailand's generals, and especially against Junta chief Prayut. This has to understand today, given that he wants to remain Prime Minister of Thailand.
The election of the new Parliament, after repeated shift on the 24. March planned. For the 68-million-inhabitants country, this would be an important step in the direction of democracy. Thailand had, since the introduction of the constitutional monarchy in 1932, no Prime Minister, from the king's house. Today Ubolratanas brother Maha Vajiralongkorn is at the forefront of the monarchy. The 66-Year-old, however, is not crowned yet officially. This should be done at the beginning of may. (Editorial Tamedia)
Created: 08.02.2019, 15:28 PM