By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha today (Sept. 4) survived a no-confidence motion following a four-day censure debate at parliament.
Government MPs cast 264 confidence votes for Prayut, compared to 208 no-confidence votes against the premier cast by opposition MPs who had primarily held him responsible for the government’s alleged failure to cope with the pandemic crisis.
Prayut needed at least one vote beyond half the total number of MPs on both sides of the House chamber aisle, currently amounting to 482, to survive the no-confidence motion. That called for a minimum of 242 votes.
Meanwhile, five members of the Prayut cabinet were also given more votes of confidence than those of no confidence. The cabinet members who survived the motion following the marathon censure debate included Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, given 269 confidence votes against 196 no-confidence votes, Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin was given 263 confidence votes against 201 no-confidence votes, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob was given 269 confidence votes against 195 no-confidence votes, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on was given 270 confidence votes against 199 no-confidence votes and Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn was given 267 confidence votes against 202 no-confidence votes.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the five ministers who survived the censure motion.
Home Page: Gen. Prayut talking to MPs at parliament this morning. Both photos: Siam Rath