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Turbulent Thailand

Thai party faces breakup for naming princess as PM candidate

Election body petitions dissolution of Pro-Thaksin allies to Constitutional Court

BANGKOK -- Thailand's election watchdog on Wednesday filed a motion to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart after the party, which has close ties with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, nominated Princess Ubolratana as its candidate for the premiership in the March poll, violating election rules.

A ruling to dissolve the party would ban its leaders from politics and, in effect, prohibit the rest of its candidates from running in next month's election, the first since a 2014 military coup that overthrew the elected government of Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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