BANGKOK — Feb. 9, 2019: The Thai Raksa Chart party today abruptly cancelled an election campaign scheduled for this evening after a royal command was issued to forbid Princess Ubolratana Mahidol from running as the sole prime minister candidate for the party.
According to the Thai News Agency, the party told journalists its key members including leader Lieutenant Preechapol Pongpanich and Nuttawut Saikuar, chairman of the election campaign, had cancelled plans for the campaign in Sathorn.
Key members of the party, running for a general election to be held on March 24, were due to make speeches helping Mom Luang Natapol Devakula, running in Bangkok’s Constituency 2, and Pongpisut Jitsophon, running in Constituency 3.
The abrupt cancellation came after King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued the royal command late Friday, saying that royal family members should not get involved in politics and must act neutral.
Thai Raksa Chart officially announced early Friday that the princess, elder sister of the king, would run as candidate for PM. Friday was the last day for candidates to register. — Bernama