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Thai king thwarts former princess’ PM bid: Whither Thai Raksa Chart, Thaksin?

The future of the Thai Raksa Chart Party linked to Thaksin Shinawatra is now uncertain after the Thai King thwarted his sister's bid to be the party's prime minister nominee, making it harder for the former premier to make a comeback.

In contrast, the dramatic events that unfolded last Friday may help the junta consolidate its power and even boost incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's chances in the March 24 polls, analysts told The Sunday Times.

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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 'Whither Thai Raksa Chart, Thaksin?'. Print Edition | Subscribe