By Thai Newsroom Reporters
ABOUT 20,000 PEOPLE have signed up in support of a parallel online campaign against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the first day of the opposition’s latest move to press him to step down.
Pheu Thai Party spokeswoman Arunee Kasayanond confirmed today (Aug. 26) some 20,000 people, mostly Bangkokians, endorsed the leading opposition party’s campaign that kicked off yesterday via http://www.change.org/prayutgetout in a sustained bid to mount pressure on Prayut.
Many more will very likely follow suit until censure debate against the premier and five other members of cabinet opens at parliament on Aug. 31.
The House censure debate against Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin and Prayut is tentatively scheduled from Aug 31 until Sep 2.
Anutin and Saksayam are concurrently leader and secretary general of the Bhumjaithai Party respectively while Chalermchai is concurrently secretary general of the Democrat Party, both being partners of the Palang Pracharath Party-led coalition government.
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Among those who have signed up in support of the anti-Prayut online campaign were former Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua and political activist Sombat Boonngam-anong, who initiated the so-called Car Mob street protests against the premier held responsible for his alleged failure to cope with the pandemic situation, thus resulting in high surges in coronavirus infection and fatalities nationwide.
Pheu Thai Party leader Sompong Amornvivat commented that the opposition MPs cannot outvote the government MPs in subsequent votes of confidence following the three-day censure debate to depose Prayut simply due to the former’s numerical disadvantage but members of the public could join the concerted move to press him to resign sooner than later.
Top: Protesters giving the three-finger salute beneath BTS Udom Suk station recently. Photo: Thai Rath
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