SINGAPORE (Feb 18): As Thailand gears up for its first general election since a military coup five years ago, an unlikely prime ministerial candidate was announced last week. On Feb 8, Thai princess Ubolratana Rajakanya raised eyebrows when she threw her hat into the ring to challenge Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the incumbent. Her controversial candidacy, however, was subsequently disqualified by the Election Commission of Thailand.

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