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Army-aligned party buoyed amid Thai political turmoil

Radio France Internationale – Opponents of the Shinawatra political clan campaigned triumphantly in the Thai capital on Sunday, after a weekend of high political drama when a Thai princess’ bid to be premier provoked a rare royal rebuke.Thai Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented attempt to become prime minister of Thailand was scuttled after her party agreed to comply with a command from her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday, opposing her move to contest the upcoming election.The Thai Raksa Chart party, affiliated with the powerful Shinawatra political clan, had announced the princess as their candidate Friday morning — a move which rattled the status quo and threatened the ambitions of the generals in power.The much-anticipated election is set for March 24 and will be the first since a 2014 coup.Members of the Phalang Pracharat party — which is aligned with the military — were jubilant following the weekend’s upheaval and its party leaders took to the streets, campaigning in a 60-vehicle convoy, to tout
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