Thai Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence

Thai Prime Minister passes a vote of no confidence - Photo 1.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (centre) with cabinet ministers – Photo: REUTERS

According to the newspaper Bangkok PostPrayuth received 264 votes for and 208 votes against in the September 4 vote in the National Assembly. This is the third attempt by the opposition to bring him down. Despite overcoming this challenge, the number of votes in favor of Prayuth has decreased compared to the previous two times.

Other ministers, including Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, also passed the vote of no confidence.

The opposition needs 242 no-confidence votes out of 482 votes in parliament to oust the prime minister.

Over the past few days, opposition politicians have criticized Prayuth and Thai ministers for mismanaging economic support, anti-epidemic and COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Although the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Thailand has plummeted below 20,000 cases per day at the end of last month, only 13% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.

“Even though Thailand has dealt with COVID-19 the best, we are not the worst. We have handled the epidemic to the best of our ability,” Prayuth told parliament.

Thailand has now recorded more than 1.2 million cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, including more than 12,000 deaths, most of which was in the outbreak starting from April 2021 due to the Delta super-infectious variant. . The highest number of new infections per day was recorded in mid-August with more than 23,000 cases.

The government has cut its economic growth forecast for 2021 by a third, to 0.7% – 1.2%, from 1.5% – 2.5%. Last year, the country’s economy shrank 6.1%.

The day before the vote in the parliament, thousands of protesters gathered in the capital Bangkok to demand the resignation of Prayuth. According to observers, it is likely that protests against the government will take place even stronger in the coming time.

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