Thailand PM Prayuth survives fourth confidence vote | Politics News

Former military chief survives 4 days of questioning to ensure his place as prime minister till his time period ends in March.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, in his final main check forward of a normal election that’s due in lower than a yr.

After 4 days of grilling, which was broadcast dwell on tv, the 68-year-old former military chief secured sufficient votes on Saturday to ensure his place as prime minister till his time period ends in March.

The opposition has accused Prayuth and his authorities of corruption and financial mismanagement, and wanted greater than 239 of the 477 parliamentary votes to take away him.

In the long run, Prayuth received 256 votes with 206 going towards him. There have been 9 abstentions.

It was the fourth time Prayuth’s efficiency in workplace had been put to a vote since he was chosen by the home to remain prime minister in 2019, following an election the opposition mentioned was held below guidelines designed to maintain him in energy. Prayuth, who initially seized energy in a coup in 2014, has rejected the declare.

The board in the Thai parliament showing the votes for and against Prayuth in the confidence motion
A display screen in parliament displaying the outcomes of the no-confidence vote. The opposition accuses Prayuth of corruption and financial mismanagement [Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters]

The previous confidence vote was final September when Prayuth’s authorities secured 264 votes amid questions over its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests calling for the prime minister to step down and new elections to be held have been happening for 2 years, and up to date opinion polls present Prayuth’s reputation declining.

Prayuth has given no indication of when an election will probably be known as.