(Bloomberg) -- The party that nominated Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya as its candidate for prime minister should be disbanded, Thailand’s Election Commission said.
The agency referred Thai Raksa Chart to the Constitutional Court for conduct that’s "hostile toward the constitutional monarchy," according to a statement released by the commission on Wednesday in Bangkok.
The party, which is linked to exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, on Feb. 8 saw a stunning bid to make the princess its candidate rapidly unravel when King Maha Vajiralongkorn publicly opposed the move. His intervention, in a rare royal command, was broadcast across the nation late Friday.
Thailand officially treats top royals as semi-divine and apolitical. Ubolratana wasn’t in the final list of candidates for prime minister released by the Election Commission on Monday.
Disbanding Thai Raksa Chart could anger Thaksin’s supporters, and boost junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s push to stay as prime minister after the general election due on March 24.
The nation has been run by a military government since a coup in 2014.
The furor over Thai Raksa Chart shows that political divisions are erupting again with just over a month to go until the poll. Thaksin or his allies have won every election since 2001, only to be unseated by the courts or the military.
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