Thai Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Vote As More Anti-Government Protests Planned | World news
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five ministers comfortably survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Saturday as activists predicted more protests https://www.reuters.com/article/us- thailand-protests- idUSKBN2FZ0HB against the government.
Prayuth received 264 votes for and 208 against. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and four other ministers also survived the no-confidence motion in the same way.
The opposition needed 242 of 482 parliamentary votes to overthrow the prime minister.
Prayuth said he remained confident after the vote.
For four days, lawmakers accused his government of mismanaging the pandemic and criticized it for its severe economic impact, targeting the government’s slow rollout of vaccines due to not placing vaccine orders to in advance and decide not to join the international COVAX vaccine supply program.
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Prayuth upheld these decisions.
This is the third vote of no confidence the government has survived and comes as pro-democracy protesters plan more protests on Saturday.
Recent rallies have turned violent https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-protesters-plan-car-mob-rally-demanding-pm-resign-2021-08-15, security forces using tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets against protesters who threw stones and firecrackers.
Thailand has reported more than 1.2 million infections and more than 12,000 coronavirus-related deaths, most since April due to the Delta variant.
Authorities reported the largest single-day increase in cases in mid-August with more than 23,000 cases.
The vaccine rollout began in June amid the country’s most serious outbreak, with people unable to find medical treatment and some dying at home. About 13% of the over 66 million Thais have been fully immunized.
The government cut its economic growth forecast for 2021 for the third time to 0.7% -1.2% from 1.5% https://www.reuters.com/article/thailand-economy-gdp-idUSL4N2PL05N -2.5%. The economy shrank 6.1% last year.
(Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng and Panarat Thepgumpanat; editing by William Mallard)
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