BANGKOK – A Thai political party that nominated Thailand's king's sister as a prime minister was resolved on Thursday by the constitutional court for "hostile action" against the nation's political system and constitutional monarchy.
According to Thai law, members of the royal family are considered over politics. Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, the oldest sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, was born a princess but gave up her royal titles as she married an American in 1972.
Yet within hours of Mrs Ubolratana's nomination of Thai Raksa Chart Party last year The month, King Vajiralongkorn, 66, considered her candidacy "inappropriate", effectively ending her short political career.
Constitutional judges on Thursday repeatedly stressed that the monarchy was over politics and that any taking of pages in politics would affect the royal institution's neutrality.
"The act also made Thai people feel that the monarchy, which is the heart of Th ai in people, fell down and was used in a political game," said Taekhet Meenakanit, one of the nine judges.
To prevent the political violence spreading on the streets of Bangkok, which has happened on a regular basis for decades, 1,200 police officers have started around the Constitutional Court on Thursday. Signs of barricades warned that protesters could face six months in prison.
Fans fans cried when they heard the court's judgment.
With the resolution of Thai Raksa Charts, the party's highest leader is prevented from setting up new political parties for 10 years, and its more than 280 candidates are not eligible to participate in national elections scheduled for March 24.
"I'm devastated by the decision," said Preechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart. "The political party's interruptions have affected fundamental political rights and freedoms."
He added: "Our party, even though it was only short-lived for four months, received much kindness from the people. We want to do good to the country, and we have pure intentions."
Human rights groups could quickly condemn the court's unanimous judgment.
"This decision highlights the Thai authorities' abuse of legal powers to restrict the peaceful association and expression of the political opposition," said Katherine Gerson, Amnesty International's Thai campaigner, in a statement.
Thailand has been ruled by a military junta since a coup in 2014, which troubled forces loyal to the Shinawatra family who had dominated politics for nearly two decades, Thai Raksa Chart, whose name means "Thai Save the Nation," was one of several parties affiliated with Shinawatras who drove During the upcoming elections
Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general and junta's chief masterminded the coup, was later named Thailand's prime minister by a rubber stamp legislator, running for prime minister as a candidate for the Palang Pracharat Party, which is considered to be a proxy for a military who has constructed 12 successful cups since 1932.
the elite vote, but often unreliable in Thailand, puts the military-bound party well behind Pheu Thai, the main political vehicle for the Shinawatra family.
Although Thailand continues with democratic rituals – competing campaign posters in the streets, a transgender candidate for prime minister and a party whose platform focuses on the promotion of marijuana – this month's election is much reduced.
A constitution drawn up under military rule empowers Parliament to elect a prime minister, including those who are not elected MPs, as well as Mr Prayuth. The Senate will be appointed by the military rather than elected by the electorate, which includes more than seven million electors.
As Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire from Thailand's northern, broke the political scene of Prime Minister 2001, parties that have adapted to him have won every election. Both Mr Thaksin and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, who also served as prime minister, now live in foreign exile after corruption-related beliefs in absence.
Mr. Thaksin was invisible in a 2006 coup, among other things he whispered that he built a power base that challenged the authority of Thailand's monarchy and political forces near it.
Thailand has some of the world's strictest lease majesty laws, criminalizing insults against monarchy. During the turbulent hours when Ms Ubolratana's candidacy was announced and then dismissed last month, many Thai political analysts refused to comment on the developed political drama.
Political activists and commentators have also been accused for other reasons. Last year, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the young leader of the Future Forward Party, and a vocal critic of the military regime were accused of breaking the law on computer crime, punishing the sharing of false news and being considered a blunt political instrument by human rights groups.
At the beginning of the month, the police filed a complaint against Pongsakorn Rodchompoo, a deputy leader of Future Forward, who accused him of contending with the same act. The fate of both politicians will be decided after the election.