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Thai king denounces sister's bid to become prime minister

2019-02-09 09:58:24       source:The Guardian

February 8, 2019

The king of Thailand has denounced his sister after she announced an unprecedented bid to become prime minister.

A run by Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, who renounced her royal title and privileges when she married an American in the 1970s, would pose an unexpected challenge to the military junta that has ruled Thailand since a coup nearly five years ago.

Ubolratana announced on Thursday she would represent a party associated with the exiled telecoms tycoon and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a move so bold that analysts said it must have been approved by her brother King Vajiralongkorn.

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