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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote Thursday Nov 28,2013

Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday Nov 28,2013 easily survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote against her, the house speaker said, as raucous protests continued on Bangkok's streets.

"Prime Minister Yingluck won the vote of confidence," said House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont ,with 297 lawmakers voting in her favour and 134 against.

The opposition Democrat Party brought the no-confidence motion alleging Yingluck and her government had overseen widespread corruption, including in a controversial rice subsidy scheme which is seen to have benefitted the rural heartlands of her Puea Thai party.

Thailand's House of Representatives today Thursday Nov 28,2013 upheld Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and 3 cabinet members after a heated no-confidence debate, which started Sunday Nov 24,2013 and ended late last night, Wed Nov 27,2013 spearheaded by the opposition Democrat Party.

While the prime minister was sustained, her subordinates received less support from Parliament.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra received 308 votes in support of her performance, against 159 votes to censure, while her deputy, Chalerm Yubumrung, passed with a vote of 287 to 157, with 25 abstentions and 11 MPs expressed no decision.

Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuladilok were each given 284 votes of confidence.

ACM Sukumpol received 160 no confidence votes, 25 abstentions and 11 remained silent, while Pol Lt-Gen Chat was given 182 no confidence votes, five abstentions and 10 remained silent.

The constitution stipulates that the opposition needs at least half of the total 500 MPs to unseat a cabinet member. Currently, there are 493 MPs attending the House.

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (right), with Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, gives a Thai traditional way of greeting "wai" after the debate on a no-confidence vote at the Parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. 

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