Prayut government survives no confidence motion as expected

The cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha survived on Saturday a no-confidence motion filed by the opposition despite fierce debate inside parliament over the last three days.

All cabinet ministers survived the motion with Minister of Education Nataphol Theepsuwan receiving the least amount of support.

The education minister has been criticized by student protesters for failing to improve and reform Thailand’s education system and the messaged seemed to have resonated among some coalition partners.

Over the past three days the opposition have criticized the Prayut government calling into question its handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the vaccine program, and highlighting corruption.

In particular, Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome received widespread media and social media coverage of his revelations about the police force. Rome alleged that certain police officers were given preferential treatment in a secret list determined by the very top of the government. [Read More Here]

Despite the fierce debate and the continued pro-democracy protests, the government will survive – as predicted by many analysts in Thailand.

“The major coalition partners have all benefited from their time in government whether personally or politically,” said Thai political analyst Arun Saronchai before the debates.

“The government simply have all the numbers.”

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