Palace intrigue

Print edition : March 15, 2019

Candidates and officials from various political parties arrive for registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4. Photo: AFP

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, the elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Photo: AP

Gen. Prayut Chan-Ocha, the Prime Minister. Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AP

King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Photo: Sakchai Lalit/ AP

The Thai King bars his sister from contesting the March elections quoting royal tradition, but he does not seem to be constrained by the fact that he is only a "constitutional monarch".
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