Thai princess’ bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

BANGKOK (AFP) – A new Thai political party vowed yesterday to obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister in a dramatic reversal that appeared to boost the junta’s chances ahead of March elections. The announcement effectively blocks Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented bid for the premiership and comes after an extraordinary rebuke of the candidacy by her younger brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn. More details in Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin.