Thailand: Princess enters against General

For the parliamentary election in Thailand, Princess Ubolratana has set up. For the first time a member of the royal family joins a vote.

Princess Ubolratana wants to become Thailand's head of government.
© Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

In Thailand The elder sister of the king, Princess Ubolratana, surprisingly appears as one of the top candidates for the next month's parliamentary election. The 67-year-old announced on Friday her application for the post of prime minister in the March 24 election. Also junta chief Prayut Chan-Ocha wants to apply for the office of head of government, he also announced on Friday.

The princess is racing for a party sponsored by supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. It is the first time in the history of the Southeast Asian country that someone from the royal family joins a election applies.

Princess Ubolratana had been stripped of her title because of marrying an American in 1972. After the divorce, she returned to Thailand. Nationwide, she is still called Princess. The princess is the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn who has been since
 2016 at the head of the monarchy. The official coronation is for
May planned.

The parliamentary election has been repeatedly postponed in recent years. Thailand has been ruled by a military government since a coup in 2014.