The older sister of Thailand's king says she will run for prime minister in elections to be held next month.
The move by Princess Ubolratana Mahidol breaks a long-held Thai tradition of keeping the royal family independent from politics. She is the sister of Thailand's current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and the oldest daughter of former King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
On Friday, King Maha criticized his sister's action. He said it conflicts with the country's traditions, customs and culture.
The 67-year-old princess was nominated Friday by the opposition Thai Raksa Chart Party. The party is linked to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Each had served as Thailand's prime minister until they were ousted.
The Thai Raksa Chart Party was launched in November by relatives and supporters of the Shinawatras. Parties linked to the Shinawatras have won every Thai election in recent years.
The family still remains popular in many areas, especially in the rural northeastern provinces.
Princess Ubolratana currently does not have the same official standing in Thailand as other members of the royal family. She had to give up her highest royal titles more than 40 years ago when she married an American man and moved to the United States. However, she is still very popular in Thailand and is commonly called and treated as a princess.
Because Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, the king and other royal family members are not supposed to get directly involved in politics. Traditionally, Thailand's royal family has had close ties to the military.
Princess Ubolratana confirmed her decision to run in a message on Instagram, saying she desires to lead the country to prosperity.
Thailand's current prime minister is Prayuth Chan-o-cha. He is a former army chief who led the 2014 military coup that ousted the country's last elected government, led by Yingluck Shinawatra.
Prayuth also accepted on Friday the nomination as a candidate for prime minister from his military-backed party. He has been considered the front-runner for the March 24 elections. Observers say this is because his government has made changes to the constitution and election rules that make it difficult for political parties without military backing to win.
Some political experts say Ubolratana's entry could greatly change the campaign because she is a different kind of candidate. The Thai royal family enjoys a very high level of popularity and respect among the public. Thailand also enforces strict laws banning criticism of the king or other royal family members.
Allen Hicken is a political scientist at the University of Michigan who specializes in Southeast Asian studies. He called the decision a "game changer" for the race. In the event Thaksin-aligned parties win the election, it makes it very difficult for the military and royalists to contest, protest, or seek to overturn the result, Hicken said.
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乌汶叻公主此举打破了泰国长期以来的一项传统——皇族不涉政 。她是泰国现任国王玛哈·哇集拉隆功的姐姐，也是前国王普密蓬·阿杜德的长女 。
周五，国王玛哈批评了姐姐的这一举动 。他表示，这一举动与泰国传统、习俗和文化都有冲突 。
67岁的乌汶叻公主周五得到了反对派泰护国党的提名 。泰护国党与前泰国领导人他信·西瓦那以及英拉·西瓦那存在联系 。后两者都曾担任过泰国总理，后来被扫地下台 。
泰护国党去年11月由是由西瓦那家族的亲属以及支持者创立 。与西瓦那家族有关的党派近年来各场选举未尝败绩 。
乌汶叻公主目前在泰国的官方地位与其他皇室家族成员不同 。40年前，她不得已放弃了最高王室头衔，嫁给了一名美国男子，随后移居美国 。不过，她在泰国依然备受欢迎，在民众的嘴上和心里，她都依然是公主 。
因为泰国采用君主立宪制，所以国王等皇室成员不应该直接涉政 。历史上的泰国皇室都与军方过从甚密 。
巴育也于周五接受了自己作为总理候选人的提名，推举他的是他所在的由军方支持的党派 。外界认为他是3月24日大选的领跑者 。多位观察家表示，这是因为其政府做出了数项变革，有对宪法的变革，也有对选举规则的变革 。这些变革让没有军方支持的政党很难获胜 。
一些政治类专家表示，乌汶叻公主的参选会极大改变竞选格局，因为乌汶叻公主与其他候选人身份不同 。泰国皇室一向备受民众欢迎和尊重 。泰国也实行了严苛的法律，禁止民众批评国王等皇室成员 。
艾伦·希肯是密歇根大学的政治学家，专门研究东南亚政治学 。他认为乌汶叻公主参选的决定会改变竞选格局 。一旦与他信联盟的政党赢得大选，军方和皇室成员就很难争辩、抗议或者推翻结果了，艾伦·希肯如是说道 。