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Thailand’s Movie Star Princess Is Running for Prime Minister

  • Princess Ubolratana is candidate for party linked to ex-leader
  • Candidacy is major shake up for country before March election
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Thai Princess Runs for Prime Minister
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Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya was named as a prime ministerial candidate in an unprecedented political upheaval ahead of the country’s general election.

The decision by a party linked to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to nominate her marks a monumental shift for Thailand, where the royal family is officially treated as semi-divine and apolitical. It heralds a sudden upturn for Thaksin, who lives in exile, and is a blow to the Thai junta leader’s effort to return to power after the poll.