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Thai PM survives no-confidence vote as protest planned

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Thai PM survives no-confidence vote as protest planned

By Agencies


Saturday, February 20, 2021, 14:27
By Agencies

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha speaks to the press after a special cabinet meeting at the Government House in Bangkok on Oct 16, 2020. (PHOTO / AP)

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha survived a no-confidence vote in parliament after a four-day debate in which the opposition criticized his government for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, the economy and alleged corruption.

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The no-confidence motion against the premier was rejected by 272 lawmakers, while 206 voted supported it, according to a televised broadcast of the proceedings in parliament on Saturday. Nine other ministers also survived no-confidence votes as the coalition parties supporting Prayuth’s government rallied behind them.

The defeat of the second no-confidence vote since the 2019 elections will allow Prayuth to continue his government’s efforts in limiting the impact of a second wave of COVID-19 infections that’s threatening to derail a nascent economic recovery

The defeat of the second no-confidence vote since the 2019 elections will allow Prayuth to continue his government’s efforts in limiting the impact of a second wave of COVID-19 infections that’s threatening to derail a nascent economic recovery. At the same time, anti-government groups are likely to intensify their street campaign for the premier’s resignation, a rewriting of the constitution and monarchy reform.

During the four-day debate ahead of the votes, opposition lawmakers slammed Prayuth and some of his ministers for their alleged inept handling of the budget allocation and economic measures to deal with the impact of COVID-19 outbreak as well as a delayed vaccination rollout. The government rejected those charges and defended its policies and strategy.

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