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Turbulent Thailand

Thai party accepts king's edict barring princess as PM candidate

Monarch calls nomination by pro-Thaksin group 'inappropriate'

BANGKOK -- The Thai Raksa Chart Party said Saturday that it will comply with King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's order to keep members of the royal family from directly participating in the country's politics, dashing his sister Princess Ubolratana's hopes to run as a prime ministerial candidate for the party in the March general election.

"The Thai Raksa Chart Party humbly accepts the royal command with loyalty and reverence for the king and all royal family members," said a statement released by the party on Saturday. "Thai Raksa Chart would like to proceed in accordance with the regulations of the Election Commission, the election law and the constitution with respect to royal custom and tradition."

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