PM Prayut, five other Cabinet members given vote of confidence
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and five of his Cabinet members easily won a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives this morning despite vicious attacks by the opposition against them during four days of censure debate.
The vote was boycotted by MPs of Pheu Thai Party, the biggest opposition party, which walked out of the chamber toward the end of the censure debate on Thursday night after it failed to convince the House to extend the debating time.
Prime Minister Prayut received 272 votes of confidence as opposed to 49 votes against him. His are five votes fewer than the 277 votes of confidence received by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prom-pow received the least number of votes of confidence at 269.
Breakdown of the vote of confidence:
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha 272-49 (2 abstentions)
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan 277-50 (2 abstentions)
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam 272-54 (2 abstentions)
Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda 272-54 (2 abstentions)
Foreign Minister Don Pramudvinai 272-55 (2 abstentions)
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prom-pow 269-55 (7 abstentions)