After the disqualification of their PM candidate, Princess Ubolratana, the trouble is not over for the Thaksin-aligned Thai Raksachart Party. So what could happen next?
It's a busy day today in Thailand. First the Election Comission has disqualified Princess Ubolratana's bid for PM. And: Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi is coming home after months of Thai dentention and a diplomatic tussle between Bahrain and Australia.
The Election Commission of Thailand has announced 45 PM candidates for the next #ThaiElection19, excluding Thai Raksachart's candidate Princess Ubolratana, stating that since she's a Royal Family member she cannot run for office.
Following Friday's political earthquake, the fate of the Thaksin-aligned Thai Raksachart Party is in limbo after the Election Commission is urged to investigate against the party for nominating Princess Ubolratana as their PM candidate, which was followed by a rebuke of her brother, the King, called her bid "inappropriate" and "unconstitutional".
Two bombshell announcements have shaken Thai politics in the run up to the March 24, as Princess Ubolratana, the elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn is running as Thai Raksachart Party's PM candidate against current PM Prayut Chan-ocha, who's running for the military-aligned Palang Pracharat Party. Here I explain the significance of today's developments for Thai politics.