The King of Thailand has expressed his objection to Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi's controversial registration as a candidate for the Prime Minister of Thailand in the upcoming Thai general election, which is scheduled to take place on the 24th next month.
A day after the party's swift response saying it "complies with the royal command" to retract the princess' candidacy, Thai Raksa Chart issued a statement Sunday saying their party policies remain unchanged.
The political hopes of the princess were dashed nearly immediately when her younger brother, the king, issued a terse statement saying his sister's candidacy was "highly inappropriate" and went against tradition and national culture.
The election commission, in its statement Monday, added that members of the royal family should refrain from politics and can not "hold any political office".
Ubolratana's nomination last week was a shocking move by the Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and broke with a longstanding tradition of members of the royal family staying above politics.
The much-anticipated election is set for March 24 and will be the first since a 2014 coup.
Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions of Thais, with the king considered to be semi-divine.
Thailand's junta chief on Monday dismissed rumours of an impending coup as "fake news", as speculation ricocheted across a kingdom unsettled by the ill-fated political union between a princess and a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan.
The Election Commission has until Friday to rule on the princess's candidacy.
Broadcast on all Thai TV networks, the statement said: "Even though she has relinquished her royal titles in writing, she maintained her status and carried herself as a member of the Chakri dynasty".
Shortly after the king's statement she posted again without addressing the issue directly, simply thanking Thais for their support and saying that she wanted Thailand to "move forward and become admired and accepted by the worldwide community".
The Thai general election this year "had been broadly viewed as a straightforward battle between Thaksin's populists and their allies, on the one hand, and the royalist-military establishment on the other", according to CNA.
The commission's list did include Thailand's current prime minister and junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, running under the banner of the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party which is widely expected to win.
He said that the princess' name could be used for election campaigning, which breaches Section 17 of the election law barring candidates and political parties from using the monarchy for that.
Ms Sutisa Prathumkul, a member of the party's candidate screening committee, told The Straits Times: "It was a last-minute notice and so many executives could not come in time".
Srisuwan said his complaint to the Election Commission would ask it to recommend that a Constitutional Court dissolve the party.
Thaksin has lived in self-imposed exile in England since he was deposed.