Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi declared a candidate for party loyal to ousted former PM

The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been unveiled as a prime ministerial candidate in next month’s elections in a country where strict lèse-majesté laws make criticism of the royal family in effect illegal.

The candidacy of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi – the king’s eldest sister – was declared in registration papers filed by a party loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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