Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote

Featured - November 28th, 2012
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a no-confidence motion filed by the opposition following a massive anti-government protest last weekend.

The lower house voted 308-159 in favor of Ms. Yingluck, but the results did not come as a surprise because her Puea Thai Party coalition controls about three-fifths of the seats in the parliament house, Wall Street Journal reports.

Although the country’s political environment has calmed down following the protests, the vote is unlikely to resolve Thailand’s deep political divide, analysts say.

Three other ministers – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannatat and Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuldilok – survived the motion with 284 to 287 votes in their favor, above the minimum required 247 votes.

Opposition Democrat Party lawmaker Jurin Laksanavisit accused Ms. Yingluck of being a puppet of her older brother, exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

“The prime minister has failed to govern this country as promised,” he said.