Rattled Thai Raksa Chart to resume election campaign

Thai Raksa Chart Party leader Preechapol Pongpanich makes a high wai as he assures the media his party accepts the royal command on the nomination of its candidate for prime minister and is loyal to His Majesty the King and all members of the royal family. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Thai Raksa Chart executive members gathered at party headquarters on Tuesday, expressed loyalty to the royal institution and vowed to resume election campaigning as soon as possible.

The executive, including party leader Preechapol Pongpanich, arrived in a single vehicle at the Thai Raksa Chart  head office in Laksi district about 1.10pm. It was Mr Preechaphol's first public appearance since registering Princess Ubolratana as the party's candidate for prime minister with the Election Commission on Friday morning.

royal rebuke late on Friday night led to the princess later being disqualified by the commission. 

Mr Preechapol made a high wai on arrival, affirming that his party accepted the royal command and was loyal to His Majesty the King and all members of the royal family

"I would like to say that all of us acted with sincerity and the good intention of seeing the nation move in a good direction for the future good of the people," Mr Preecha told reporters.

"We thought it was a way out for the nation, but when there is a royal command all of us must humbly accept it because His Majesty the King and the royal institution are above us."

He said his party had already announced its compliance with the royal command and accepted the decision of the EC announced on Monday.

He had called a meeting of the party executive early on Tuesday to discuss the election campaign and activities, and the party would resume electioneering as soon as possible.

Mr Preechapol also said he was not worried about speculation the party might be dissolved. The party had abided by the law and regulations and was ready for any investigation, he said.

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