Thai opposition files no-confidence motion against ‘imperfect’ prime minister

Thailand’s opposition parties on Wednesday tabled a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and 10 ministers, accusing them of corruption, economic mismanagement, undermining democracy and clinging to power.

The opposition expects the censorship debate to take place next month and hopes it will bring down Prayuth’s 17-party government. It would be the last vote of confidence Prayuth, 68, will face before his term ends in March next year.

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Prayuth, a retired general who first came to power in a 2014 coup, has resisted three previous no-confidence motions since a 2019 election that kept him in power.

“(He) is a ruler who has a wrong mind, likes to cling to power, disrespects the rule of law, lacks morality and has failed in the management of state affairs,” Chonlanan Srikaew said. , the leader of the opposition bloc, at home. .

Analysts say the government’s parliamentary majority of 253 seats to the opposition’s 208 makes it likely Prayuth will win.

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Stithorn Thananithichot, director of the Office of Democracy Innovation at the King Prajadhipok Institute, said Prayuth should survive as his coalition was still unified, while political analyst Sukhum Nualsakul said the motion was more aimed at the next year’s election than Prayuth’s impeachment.

Others say the administration’s popularity has waned, as highlighted by Bangkok’s gubernatorial elections last month which saw pro-government conservative candidates defeated by a former opposition figure.

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Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said he had nothing to worry about.

“The prime minister is ready to explain to parliament and answer any questions raised by the opposition, as the government is confident that he has run the country honestly without the corruption that has happened in previous governments,” he said. said Thanakorn.


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