Thai PM overwhelmingly survives no-confidence motion


Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday overwhelmingly survived a no-confidence motion alongside five of his cabinet members.

Following a four-day censure debate, Prayut, who concurrently acts as the Defence Minister, was given 272 votes of confidence cast by government MPs, compared to 49 votes of the no-confidence cast by opposition MPs, reports Xinhua news agency.

The five Ministers were Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Korea-Ngam, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai and Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Thammanat Promo.

On Thursday, the opposition MPs, including those who cast votes of no-confidence on Friday, staged a walk-out in protest after they had been denied by the government MPs an extra time for the censure debate.

During the four-day debate, Prayut and other cabinet members have defended themselves from the opposition’s allegations.

Throughout the debate, both sides of the parliament aisle intermittently rose to protest against one another, mostly citing alleged breaches to House meeting rules and irrelevant speeches.

Feb 28 (IANS)


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