WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent. “Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.” “We detected articles related to certain highly cen


The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent. “Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.” “We detected articles related to certain highly cen
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WeChat's most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

In its findings, WeChatscope said there were four official reasons that were typically offered for a post’s removal: the original publisher deleted the post, WeChat removed it because it was found to violate a law, WeChat removed it because it was flagged by other users as breaking platform regulations, or WeChat blocked the original publisher for regularly breaking community rules.

The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent.

“Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.”

In a follow up conversation over email with CNBC, a representative for the WeChatscope team said the program had yet to develop a “solid argument on self-censorship” as its research was mainly focused on systematic censorship.

“We detected articles related to certain highly censored topics which were also collectively removed by public account users. For instance, the issue of (the) US-China trade war,” they said. “In some cases, we would be skeptical to those self-removal cases that might be under pressure of overarching political censorship. However, we have to examine on a case by case basis.”

When asked about the possibility of posts being removed by their authors due to an error, WeChatscope acknowledged that it had “observed news articles that were collectively removed by authors because of misinformation.”


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WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent. “Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.” “We detected articles related to certain highly cen


The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent. “Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.” “We detected articles related to certain highly cen
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WeChat's most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

In its findings, WeChatscope said there were four official reasons that were typically offered for a post’s removal: the original publisher deleted the post, WeChat removed it because it was found to violate a law, WeChat removed it because it was flagged by other users as breaking platform regulations, or WeChat blocked the original publisher for regularly breaking community rules.

The study found that 8,092 of the approximately 11, 000 articles flagged as censored fell under the category of posts that were removed by their authors — accounting for approximately 74 percent.

“Self-censorship is a common practice among internet users in China as online speech can easily bring them trouble,” Wang and Fan said in the report. “Users will often remove their own posts if they receive warning from senior colleagues or employers.”

In a follow up conversation over email with CNBC, a representative for the WeChatscope team said the program had yet to develop a “solid argument on self-censorship” as its research was mainly focused on systematic censorship.

“We detected articles related to certain highly censored topics which were also collectively removed by public account users. For instance, the issue of (the) US-China trade war,” they said. “In some cases, we would be skeptical to those self-removal cases that might be under pressure of overarching political censorship. However, we have to examine on a case by case basis.”

When asked about the possibility of posts being removed by their authors due to an error, WeChatscope acknowledged that it had “observed news articles that were collectively removed by authors because of misinformation.”


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Huawei places ads in New Zealand newspapers saying 5G ban will hit customers

Huawei has taken out full-page commercials in New Zealand newspapers that compare banning the company from 5G networks to the sport of rugby without the country’s famous team. “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand,” the ad says, warning that “without Huawei, New Zealand will miss out on the most advanced 5G technology available, and consumers may end up paying more for it.” The ad appeared in newspapers and on websites including leading media outlets Stuff.co.nz and The New Zealan


Huawei has taken out full-page commercials in New Zealand newspapers that compare banning the company from 5G networks to the sport of rugby without the country’s famous team. “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand,” the ad says, warning that “without Huawei, New Zealand will miss out on the most advanced 5G technology available, and consumers may end up paying more for it.” The ad appeared in newspapers and on websites including leading media outlets Stuff.co.nz and The New Zealan
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Huawei places ads in New Zealand newspapers saying 5G ban will hit customers

Huawei has taken out full-page commercials in New Zealand newspapers that compare banning the company from 5G networks to the sport of rugby without the country’s famous team.

“5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand,” the ad says, warning that “without Huawei, New Zealand will miss out on the most advanced 5G technology available, and consumers may end up paying more for it.”

The ad appeared in newspapers and on websites including leading media outlets Stuff.co.nz and The New Zealand Herald this week.

New Zealand’s national rugby team the “All Blacks” have held an 89 percent win record since the 2011 World Cup, and have won the World Cup twice.


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Google and Facebook should be regulated for news content, UK government report says

Online platforms including Google, Facebook and Apple should be regulated in how they distribute news content, according to a new U.K. government report. It said the regulator would require companies like Facebook and Google to build on initiatives they have already established to weed out fake content. “This task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” the report said. Online sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been under fire for allowing fake cont


Online platforms including Google, Facebook and Apple should be regulated in how they distribute news content, according to a new U.K. government report. It said the regulator would require companies like Facebook and Google to build on initiatives they have already established to weed out fake content. “This task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” the report said. Online sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been under fire for allowing fake cont
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Google and Facebook should be regulated for news content, UK government report says

Online platforms including Google, Facebook and Apple should be regulated in how they distribute news content, according to a new U.K. government report.

The report, published Tuesday, said a state regulator should ensure tech firms are taking steps to help users identify trustworthy, reliable news on their platforms. It said the regulator would require companies like Facebook and Google to build on initiatives they have already established to weed out fake content.

“This task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” the report said.

Online sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been under fire for allowing fake content to spread on their platforms. The companies have been investing in security measures to eliminate false accounts and misinformation, but the U.K. government report said these efforts should be enforced by a government agency. It also said they should sign a “code of conduct” to govern their commercial agreements with publishers.

“The experience of the last decade has shown that it is perfectly possible for social media platforms to be immensely profitable while simultaneously carrying a large quantity of fake news,” it said.


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India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android: Sources

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices. The Indian watchdog could ask its inve


India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices. The Indian watchdog could ask its inve
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India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android: Sources

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has for the past six months been reviewing a case similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) by antitrust regulators last year, three of the sources said. Google has challenged that order.

The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices.

“It is on the lines of the EU case, but at a preliminary stage,” said one of the sources, who is aware of the CCI investigation.

Google declined to comment. The CCI did not respond to Reuters’ queries.

The watchdog’s enquiry into allegations against Google over its Android platform has not previously been reported.

Google executives have in recent months met Indian antitrust officials at least once to discuss the complaint, which was filed by a group of individuals, one of the sources said.

The Indian watchdog could ask its investigations unit to further investigate the accusations against Google, or throw out the complaint if it lacks merit. The watchdog’s investigations have historically taken years to complete.

Android, used by device makers for free, features on about 85 percent of the world’s smartphones. In India, about 98 percent of the smartphones sold in 2018 used the platform, Counterpoint Research estimates.

In October, Google said it would charge smartphone makers a fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of Android to comply with the EU order.

The change, however, covered only the European Economic Area, which comprises the 28 EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

“The CCI will have a tough time not initiating a formal investigation into Google given the EU case, unless they can show the problem has been addressed (by remedies),” one of the sources said.

The Indian complaint presents the latest regulatory headache for the Mountain View, California-based company in a key growth market.

Last year, the Indian antitrust watchdog imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position. It also found Google had put its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page.

Google appealed against that order, saying the ruling could cause it “irreparable” harm and reputational loss, Reuters reported.


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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Activision Blizzard, TripAdvisor, Akamai and more

The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Analysts


The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Analysts
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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Activision Blizzard, TripAdvisor, Akamai and more

Check out the companies making headlines after the bell:

Shares of Activision Blizzard were volatile in extending trading Tuesday following a mixed fourth-quarter earnings report and weak outlooks for both the first quarter and full year. The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates.

Activision also issued weak first-quarter guidance, saying it expects earnings of 20 cents a share on $1.18 billion in revenue, compared to the estimated earnings per share of 46 cents on $1.45 billion in revenue. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion.

The company also announced on the conference call that it is cutting its workforce by 8 percent. The stock was last seen about 2 percent higher in after-hours trade.

TripAdvisor shares dropped as much as 6 percent following mixed earnings. The travel and restaurant website company reported $346 million in revenue, beating estimates of $343 million. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Revenue was driven by its non-hotel segment, which saw year-over-year growth of 38 percent. The stock is up more than 60 percent over the last year.

Akamai shares were volatile in extending trading after posting better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The stock initially rose about 3 percent after the Massachusetts-based technology company beat on the top and bottom lines. It reported $713 million in revenue, compared to estimates of $704 million. Earnings per share were $1.07, higher than the expected $1 expected by analysts. The company also announced CFO Jim Benson will retire in March. He will be succeeded by Ed McGowan, the senior vice president of finance. The stock was last seen about 2 percent lower.

Shares of Groupon fell more than 14 percent after market close on Tuesday after posting mixed earnings. Earnings per share were 10 cents, missing estimates by 3 cents. Revenue was $800 million, compared to the $789 million forecast by analysts. North American active customers fell 2.5 percent to 30.6 million.

Twilio shares fell more than 4 percent after hours Tuesday despite better-than-expected earnings. The cloud communications company reported fourth-quarter earning of 4 cents per share on revenues of $204 million. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 4 cents on revenues of $185 million.


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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Activision Blizzard, TripAdvisor, Akamai and more

The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Analysts


The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Analysts
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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Activision Blizzard, TripAdvisor, Akamai and more

Check out the companies making headlines after the bell:

Shares of Activision Blizzard were volatile in extending trading Tuesday following a mixed fourth-quarter earnings report and weak outlooks for both the first quarter and full year. The stock initially fell 3 percent after the company reported earnings of $1.29 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.28 a share on revenues of $3.04 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates.

Activision also issued weak first-quarter guidance, saying it expects earnings of 20 cents a share on $1.18 billion in revenue, compared to the estimated earnings per share of 46 cents on $1.45 billion in revenue. For 2019, Activision estimates earnings of $2.10 per share on revenues of $6.3 billion, also below the estimated earnings of $2.54 per share on revenue of $7.25 billion.

The company also announced on the conference call that it is cutting its workforce by 8 percent. The stock was last seen about 2 percent higher in after-hours trade.

TripAdvisor shares dropped as much as 6 percent following mixed earnings. The travel and restaurant website company reported $346 million in revenue, beating estimates of $343 million. Earnings per share were 27 cents, compared to the 29 cents expected by Wall Street. Revenue was driven by its non-hotel segment, which saw year-over-year growth of 38 percent. The stock is up more than 60 percent over the last year.

Akamai shares were volatile in extending trading after posting better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The stock initially rose about 3 percent after the Massachusetts-based technology company beat on the top and bottom lines. It reported $713 million in revenue, compared to estimates of $704 million. Earnings per share were $1.07, higher than the expected $1 expected by analysts. The company also announced CFO Jim Benson will retire in March. He will be succeeded by Ed McGowan, the senior vice president of finance. The stock was last seen about 2 percent lower.

Shares of Groupon fell more than 14 percent after market close on Tuesday after posting mixed earnings. Earnings per share were 10 cents, missing estimates by 3 cents. Revenue was $800 million, compared to the $789 million forecast by analysts. North American active customers fell 2.5 percent to 30.6 million.

Twilio shares fell more than 4 percent after hours Tuesday despite better-than-expected earnings. The cloud communications company reported fourth-quarter earning of 4 cents per share on revenues of $204 million. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 4 cents on revenues of $185 million.


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Ikea apologizes for leaving New Zealand off a world map

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has apologized for leaving New Zealand off a world map that was being sold at one of its Washington D.C. outlets, the BBC reported. A Reddit user posted the error on a subreddit called MapsWithoutNZ, which collects all the instances where cartographers inadvertently leave out New Zealand from maps. We can see that the process has failed regarding the product BJÖRKSTA world map — we regret this mistake and apologise. We will take the necessary actions and the product


Swedish furniture giant Ikea has apologized for leaving New Zealand off a world map that was being sold at one of its Washington D.C. outlets, the BBC reported. A Reddit user posted the error on a subreddit called MapsWithoutNZ, which collects all the instances where cartographers inadvertently leave out New Zealand from maps. We can see that the process has failed regarding the product BJÖRKSTA world map — we regret this mistake and apologise. We will take the necessary actions and the product
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Ikea apologizes for leaving New Zealand off a world map

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has apologized for leaving New Zealand off a world map that was being sold at one of its Washington D.C. outlets, the BBC reported.

A Reddit user posted the error on a subreddit called MapsWithoutNZ, which collects all the instances where cartographers inadvertently leave out New Zealand from maps.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared in a video last year with comedian Rhys Darby, singer Ed Sheeran and director Peter Jackson for a Tourism NZ campaign #getNZonthemap.

Ikea did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

But the company apologized for the error, according to the BBC.

“Ikea is responsible for securing correct and compliant motifs on all our products. We can see that the process has failed regarding the product BJÖRKSTA world map — we regret this mistake and apologise. We will take the necessary actions and the product is now being phased out from our stores,” an Ikea spokesperson reportedly told the BBC.

The map was still listed for sale on Ikea’s website on Monday afternoon.

Last year, the Swedish furniture chain announced that it would launch a megastore in Auckland, New Zealand, with 7,000 products and a restaurant but it did not specify a timeline for when it would open, according to reports.

Read the full BBC report about Ikea leaving out New Zealand from a map here.


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Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar declares bid for 2020 presidential nomination

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday officially joined the growing number of Democratic contenders for her party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Elected to the Senate in 2006, Klobuchar was the first female ever to do so in her state. Klobuchar, 58, practiced corporate law and served as a county attorney before her 2006 election to the Senate, where she was recently re-elected to her third term. In a statement shortly after Klobuchar announced her candidacy, Republican National Committee


Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday officially joined the growing number of Democratic contenders for her party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Elected to the Senate in 2006, Klobuchar was the first female ever to do so in her state. Klobuchar, 58, practiced corporate law and served as a county attorney before her 2006 election to the Senate, where she was recently re-elected to her third term. In a statement shortly after Klobuchar announced her candidacy, Republican National Committee
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Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar declares bid for 2020 presidential nomination

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday officially joined the growing number of Democratic contenders for her party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

Elected to the Senate in 2006, Klobuchar was the first female ever to do so in her state. While she has never run for president before, Klobuchar’s name was thrown into the mix of serious 2020 contenders soon after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost to then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Klobuchar, 58, practiced corporate law and served as a county attorney before her 2006 election to the Senate, where she was recently re-elected to her third term.

“For every American, I’m running for you,” she told a crowd gathered on a snowy afternoon at a park along the Mississippi River, with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.

“And I promise you this: As your president, I will look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will focus on getting things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life. And no matter what, I’ll lead from the heart,” the three-term senator said.

In a statement shortly after Klobuchar announced her candidacy, Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said “it’s tough to find any base of support” for her bid. He also pointed to recent media reports in which former staff members alleged the senator was overly-demanding, or outright mistreated them.

She’s considered more moderate than many other Democrats who have already thrown their hats in the ring, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

But Klobuchar made her bones as a legislator after the birth of her daughter, according to a 2010 profile from Elle Magazine, when the new mother was forced to leave the hospital after just 24 hours. She lobbied Minnesota’s state legislature to pass a law guaranteeing at least a 48-hour hospital stay — an idea that was later signed into federal law by then-President Bill Clinton.

Klobuchar is consistently ranked among the most popular figures in the Senate, according to polling from Morning Consult. And she can boast of having supported more successful legislation than anyone else in the 114th Congress, according to an analysis from GovTrack.

Her star only rose in late 2018, during the politically toxic confirmation process for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The judge, teeming with anger as he pushed back on allegations of sexual misconduct against him on the national stage, verbally clashed with many Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Klobuchar’s line of questioning drew praise, and even an apology, from the apoplectic Kavanaugh.

–The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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Thai king’s sister to contest March 24 election as prime ministerial candidate

The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been declared as a leading prime ministerial candidate for a party loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in March 24 elections, registration papers showed on Friday. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, broke the long-standing tradition of Thai royalty staying out of politics by entering the election in an unprecedented move. The king’s eldest sister has registered as a candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart party,


The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been declared as a leading prime ministerial candidate for a party loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in March 24 elections, registration papers showed on Friday. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, broke the long-standing tradition of Thai royalty staying out of politics by entering the election in an unprecedented move. The king’s eldest sister has registered as a candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart party,
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-08  Authors: guillaume payen, sopa images, lightrocket, getty images
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Thai king's sister to contest March 24 election as prime ministerial candidate

The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been declared as a leading prime ministerial candidate for a party loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in March 24 elections, registration papers showed on Friday.

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, broke the long-standing tradition of Thai royalty staying out of politics by entering the election in an unprecedented move.

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 but the royal family has wielded great influence and commanded the devotion of millions.

The king’s eldest sister has registered as a candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart party, an off-shoot of the Thaksin-backed Pheu Thai Party. The election is seen as a battle between Thaksin’s populists and allies and the royalist-military establishment.

Separately, the head of Thailand’s military junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said on Friday he will contest the March elections as a candidate for prime minister.

Prayuth, the army chief who seized power from a democratic government in a 2014 coup and made himself prime minister, said in a statement he would run as a candidate for the pro-military Palang Pracharat.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-08  Authors: guillaume payen, sopa images, lightrocket, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, ministerial, prime, contest, candidate, 24, thai, kings, elections, minister, wielded, election, thailands, party, sister


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