BANGKOK: PM Prayut Chan-o-cha along with five cabinet ministers survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Saturday.
242 out of 482 votes were required by the opposition to remove PM Prayut, but in today’s session, Prayut garnered 264 votes in favor as opposed to only 208 against him. Five other cabinet ministers including Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakyl survived similarly.
During four-day sessions, lawmakers accused PM Prayut’s government over various issues. They accused his government for mishandling of the pandemic and its severe impact on the nation’s economy. The government was also criticized for not joining the international Covax vaccine scheme which resulted in slow vaccine rollout in the nation.
Pro-democracy protests took a violent turn with protestors throwing stones and firecrackers and police using water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets against them. It was the third censure motion against the government that it has survived. More demonstrations will take place today.
More than 1.2 million covid infections and 12,000 death has been reported in Thailand. The country is suffering from the Delta variant wave, vaccine rollout began in June during the most severe outbreak, many people died at home.
Thailand’s economy shrank by 6.1% in 2020. The economic forecast for 2021 has been cut down from 1-.5%-2.5% to 0.7-1.2% by the government for the third time.