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Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai election commission moves to dissolve party linked to princess

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The scuttling of Ubolratana's candidacy and potential moves to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party are a blow to the political machine of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra

PRINCESS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

Feb 11, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Election Commission says it has excluded Princess Ubolratana 'because all royal family members are above politics'

POLITICS. This file photo shows Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand speading during a Q&A session before the screening of 'Where the Miracle Happens' as part of the Thai Film Festival at Arclight Cinema on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images/AFP

Thai princess' bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Thai king torpedoes the bid in a sharply worded statement, saying that bringing senior royal family members into politics is against tradition, national culture and 'highly inappropriate'

CANDIDATE. An official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnarkorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

What does Princess Ubolratana's entry mean for Thai politics?

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Princess Ubolratana's brother, the king, is against regal involvement in elections – how will her entry change the game?

(FILES) This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. - Thai princess to run for Prime Minister with Shinawatra party: party official said on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mike CLARKE / AFP)

Thai princess's political move raises questions over insult law

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Here are some facts about lese majeste law, or section 112 of the criminal code, as it is known in Thailand

PRINCESSS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike CLARKE/AFP

Thai princess, junta chief to run for prime minister

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Thai Princess Ubolratana and junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha will run for prime minister in upcoming general elections, to be held in March

IN THE RUNNING. Composite image of Thai Princess Ubolratana and Prayut Chan-O-Cha. Photos by Mike Clarke and Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP