BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha fended off accusations of corruption and financial mismanagement in a televised session of parliament on Tuesday, as a censure debate bought below method looking for to dent his credibility with an election due inside 11 months.
Prayuth, 68, a retired military chief who first got here to energy in a coup eight years in the past, has prevailed in three no confidence motions since a 2019 election noticed him keep on as prime minister in what’s now a crowded 17-party coalition.
Analysts say his parliamentary majority of 253 seats verses the opposition’s 208 ought to guarantee his survival, regardless of polls displaying a decline in reputation.
Prayuth additionally faces challenges from 16 renegade lawmakers who earlier this yr have been expelled from his Palang Pracharat Occasion and have vowed to vote with the opposition.
Ten cupboard ministers are additionally topic of the censure, which runs till Friday with a no confidence vote scheduled for Saturday.
“For the previous eight years in energy, the prime minister has failed to unravel the nation’s issues, didn’t generate development or enhance folks’s wellbeing,” Chonlanan Srikaew, chief of the opposition bloc, advised the home.
“As an alternative, he has created extra issues, significantly corruption.”
Prayuth dismissed the allegations, arguing the federal government had solved many points, together with reviving tourism and offering monetary measures to handle pandemic hardship.
“I’ve to make clear because you accused me of being unsuccessful. That is fully unfaithful,” Prayuth stated.
The principle opposition Pheu Thai, the newest incarnation of a populist get together that received 5 elections since 2001, additionally launched a parallel censure marketing campaign permitting the general public to vote towards the federal government through messaging app Line.
Youth-led protest teams that emerged in July 2020 to problem the federal government additionally deliberate gatherings in entrance of parliament on every day of the talk to pile stress on Prayuth and his ministers.
(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Enhancing by Martin Petty)
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