Ex-princess' bid to enter Thai politics

How a royal rumble derailed Thai Raksa Chart Party and Thaksin’s ambitions

Thai party faces uncertain fate after King's order ends its audacious bid to nominate ex-princess as PM candidate

The headquarters of the Thai political party in the centre of a royal storm was eerily quiet yesterday morning. Its afternoon campaign in Bangkok was called off. None of its executives would pick up their phones or answer reporters' queries.

A handful of bewildered supporters of Thai Raksa Chart Party milled around the office compound in Chaengwattana Road. "Please join us here to show support, there is no one here to oversee matters," one of them pleaded on her mobile phone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 10, 2019, with the headline 'Royal rumble'. Print Edition | Subscribe