BANGKOK (THAILAND) – After a four-day censure debate, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday. However, protests calling for his ouster is set to resume.
“The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, president of the National Assembly.
Opposition lawmakers are calling out slow government rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and at its economic policies, vowing to continue investigating.
“We’ve opened a wound and now will pour salt on it,” Pita Limjaroenrat, head of the Move Forward Party told reporters after the vote.
The government’s victory comes as pro-democracy protests returned after a lull brought on by a second outbreak of COVID-19.
Protesters gathered at parliament on Friday in anticipation of the vote with more demonstrations planned for Saturday. Earlier this month, protesters demanding the release of activists scuffled with police.