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Thai court bans opposition party from election

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ordered the dissolution of an opposition party for nominating the king’s sister as its candidate for prime minister in a March 24 election.

“The court has ordered that the party be dissolved,” Judge Taweekiet Meenakanit said in the ruling today, which also banned the executive board members of Thai Raksa Chart party from politics for 10 years.

The Thai Raksa Chart Party on February 8 nominated Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its candidate.

However, her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn later that day issued a royal order calling the nomination highly inappropriate and unconstitutional.

Thai Raksa Chart is aligned with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and its dissolution will hinder efforts by parties loyal to Thaksin to form the next government.

Thailand has been under military rule since 2014.

Originally published as Thai court bans opposition party from election

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