Thai King Maha lambasts move to make Ubolratana PM

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn presiding over the annual royal ploughing ceremony outside Bangkok's royal palace on May 14, 2018. PHOTO | PANUPONG CHANGCHAI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ubolratana, 67, the older sister of Vajiralongkorn, was announced hours earlier as a candidate in the upcoming elections for the Thai Raksa Chart party.
  • Ubolratana, a colourful, public-facing royal in contrast to her more restrained brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn, relinquished her royal titles after marrying the American Peter Jensen in 1972.

Thailand's powerful King Maha Vajiralongkorn late Friday described an unprecedented move to make his older sister Princess Ubolratana prime minister as "highly inappropriate" and against "royal traditions".


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