The Prime Minister of Thailand survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Saturday, accusing his government of mismanagement of the economy, undermining the provision of a COVID-19 vaccine, abusing human rights and fostering corruption. Nine other ministers were also spared from the election.
This marks the second test of distrust that the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has faced since taking office in July 2019, after Prayuth held a controversial controversy after Prayuth assumed office in the 2014 coup. election. In February last year, he and five cabinet ministers easily defeated a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons.
In the latest motion, it also criticized the Bayeus government, abused its power to promote police officers, and established an online department to attack government critics on social media and other complaints.
But the more serious allegation is that Paris used the monarch to make a shield for criticism of his government, thereby deepening social division.
Since last year, the student-led protest movement has campaigned for Prayut and his government to step down. They want to amend the constitution to make it more democratic, and want to reform the monarchy to make it more responsible.
Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the opposition Kadima Party, said: “Prayuth̵
“Whenever he is criticized or opposed, he will use the monarchy to protect himself. This is an evil move that makes him no longer eligible to serve as prime minister.”
His accusation refers to the implementation of Article 112 of the Criminal Law, also known as “Dafa”. Prayuth said in June last year that King Maha Vajiralongkorn expressed his hope that the government would not use the law to slander the monarchy in order to prosecute democracy protesters.
The popular politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who was forced to leave parliament last year, was charged with obscenity last month, accusing the government of purchasing the COVID-19 vaccine too late And it is not sufficient, and may be favored by contracts in awarding major vaccines.
This criticism is related to the monarchy, because most vaccines ordered in Thailand are produced by Siam Biosciences, a private Thai company owned by the king.
The monarchy is widely regarded as the unshakable cornerstone of Thai nationalism.
The majestic law allows anyone to lodge a complaint with the police, and each conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. According to Thai human rights lawyers, the law called at least 59 people between November and February, including several minors.
Earlier this month, four prominent protesters were prosecuted for law and sedition, including human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa, student leader Parit Chiwarak, and political activists Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyaem. Their lawyer asked for bail, but the court refused.
Prayuth said that the parliamentary debate is “a good opportunity for both sides to do something together for our country and people. I am ready to clarify all allegations.”
Of the 487 members, 277 are part of the ruling coalition and 210 are members of the opposition party. The motion of condemnation only needs a simple majority of 244 votes to pass. Prayuth received 272 votes, of which 206 votes were votes of no confidence and 3 votes remained silent.
On Saturday night, about 1,000 protesters held a rally outside the parliament building. Speakers took turns condemning the results of the vote, saying they would preside over their own condemnation debate. Some participants held up signs criticizing the government and the monarchy.
“We know what the result of the vote is, but we are not frustrated, because at least the opposition has a chance to expose the wrongdoing of the government so that the whole country can know the truth,” said Jaruwan Bungasaree, 68. Protesters.
She added: “They are against corruption and they have performed well.”
The police said earlier that they would deploy more than 10,000 police officers in Bangkok over the weekend to control the crowd and maintain law and order. Police vehicles including water cannon trucks have been dispatched near the parliament building.
Associated Press writer Bill Bredesen (Bill Bredesen) contributed to this report.