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Turbulent Thailand

Thai princess disqualified as prime minister candidate

Junta leader Prayuth on Election Commission's list of 69 names

BANGKOK -- The Election Commission of Thailand on Monday released a list of 69 prime ministerial candidates approved for next month's general election, dealing the opposition a blow by disqualifying Princess Ubolratana as a contender.

The entire royal family must remain above politics, the commission said of its decision, which followed a statement by the king opposing his sister's candidacy.

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