The Latest: Thai court says it will look at party ban issue

BANGKOK — The Latest on the political fallout from a Thai political party's failed attempt to nominate a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Thailand's Constitutional Court has confirmed receiving a recommendation from the Election Commission to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party, one of 45 contesting a March 24 general election.

The court said it will consider on Thursday whether to formally accept the recommendation in order to rule on it.

The commission recommended that the party be dissolved because it had nominated Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its candidate for prime minister.

Ubolratana's bid to be a candidate for the premiership was scuttled just hours after its announcement Fe. 8, when her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, declared it inappropriate and unconstitutional.

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1:05 p.m.

Thailand's Election Commission has forwarded to the country's Constitutional Court its recommendation to dissolve the political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a princess as its candidate for prime minister.

The commission's announcement Wednesday came after a last-minute plea from the Thai Raksa Chart Party that it be allowed to present its case before the commission made a ruling. But the commission announced that it had already made the decision Tuesday.

The party on Feb. 8 named Princess Ubolratana Mahidol its candidate for prime minister for the March 24 general election. But King Maha Vajiralongkorn just hours later issued an edict effectively banning the action because it was inappropriate and unconstitutional.

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11:55 a.m.

The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a princess as its candidate for prime minister is fighting against moves to dissolve it.

The Thai Raksa Chart Party on Wednesday appealed for the Election Commission to hear its defense after unconfirmed reports circulated that the state body would forward to the courts a recommendation for dissolution.

The party on Feb. 8 named Princess Ubolratana Mahidol its candidate for prime minister for the March 24 general election. But King Maha Vajiralongkorn just hours later issued an edict effectively banning the action because it was inappropriate and unconstitutional.

The party then avowed its fealty to the king, but its opponents urged its dissolution.

Thailand is preparing for its first election since a 2014 military coup.

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