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Thai King reiterates red line critical to monarchy's moral authority

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's Feb 8 announcement quashing the nomination just hours previously of his elder sister Ubolratana Rajakanya as the prime ministerial candidate of the Thai Raksa Chart party, goes to the essence of one key aspect of the role and moral authority of the Thai monarchy - separation from politics.

Ms Ubolratana's royal status has been the subject of much quibbling because of her personal history. Last week she described herself as a commoner. But the King's announcement made it clear that she is a Princess.

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