Thai PM and nine ministers survive opposition censure motion

As anticipated, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine cabinet ministers have survived the opposition’s no-confidence motion, in a roll call vote in parliament Saturday morning, at the end of the…

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House Speaker’s advisor says censure debate may end by midnight tonight

The four-day censure debate in the Thai parliament is unlikely to be completed by midnight tonight (Friday), as had earlier been agreed between government and opposition parties, and it may…

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Govt will survive no-confidence debate, but at what cost?

With their clear majority in the House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the nine other targeted ministers are expected to sail through the second no-confidence debate in the two years…

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Education minister facing biggest backlash in no-confidence vote

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is expected to gain the fewest approval votes following his censure-debate grilling this week, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs will give him the thumbs-down….

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PM walks out of parliament chamber in apparent protest at not being listened to

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha abruptly cut short his explanation of the southern economic zone project and walked out of the parliament chamber on Thursday afternoon, apparently upset that a…

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PM challenges opposition to meet him in court with evidence of any alleged wrongdoing

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in parliament today (Wednesday) that he is fully aware that opposition MPs are trying to provoke him with unfounded allegations of involvement in the…

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Opposition chief whip promises harsher debate today

Thailand’s opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng admitted today (Wednesday) that the censure speeches yesterday by opposition MPs were not direct enough and promised that today will be different. “Yesterday’s debate…

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Opposition leader says censure debate marks beginning of an end to the government

Likening the government to a parasite that is eating away at Thailand’s future, opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat fired salvoes at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, accusing him of lacking vision and…

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Opposition to censure Thai govt for ‘botched recovery’, ‘vaccine disaster’     

The government’s handling of economic problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be the core of the no-confidence debate starting on Tuesday (Feb 16). Opposition MPs are poised…

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Hot spots in the upcoming censure debate against Thai govt

Thirty-eight opposition MPs have been allocated 42 hours on the floor during the four-day censure debate, which kicks off on Tuesday (Feb 16), with voting scheduled for Saturday (Feb 20)….

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Small pro-government parties to vote independently after censure debate

Eleven small pro-government parties have opted out of a meeting of coalition parties, scheduled today (Saturday) and tomorrow, to make preparations for the defence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and…

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Parliament to deliberate charter changes while Constitutional Court ruling is pending

The Thai parliament will press ahead with deliberation ofcharter amendment bills for their second reading, scheduled for February 24th and 25th, without waiting for a ruling from the Constitutional Court,…

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Thai public cleared to participate in charter change, but roadblocks lie ahead  

The review of two charter draft bills has been completed, paving the way for changes to the 2017 Constitution that is at the heart of Thailand’s political impasse. However, critics…

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Opposition allocated 42 hours for censure debate from February 16th to 19th

Representatives of government and opposition parties reached agreement on Friday that the censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten cabinet ministers will last from February 16th to 19th,…

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Opposition’s strategic changes from last censure

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain the prime target, but the similarities between the upcoming no-confidence attack and the last one end there. The rest of the strategy and the…

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Stakes high for Thailand’s opposition as censure debate targets govt 

The opposition is unlikely to upend the government in next month’s censure debate, as has been the case previously. But its performance will show if opposition MPs are indeed serious…

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Opposition warned of protests if they refer to Thai monarchy during censure debate

Thailand’s government coalition parties have threatened to protest if the opposition makes any reference to the Monarchy during the censure debate in mid-February. Government chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth said, on…

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Officials told to prepare for parliament to reconvene on January 20th

Thailand’s parliament is due to reconvene on January 20th, after about a two-week break over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sukit Atthopakorn, an advisor to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai,…

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Opposition to launch extra-parliamentary censure debate against Government

The six-party opposition alliance has agreed, after a joint meeting today, to launch an extra-parliamentary censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other ministers, claiming that the last…

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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…

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Censure debate to end at 7pm Thursday night

Government and opposition whips have agreed to conclude the censure debate at 7pm on Thursday night, with the MPs and cabinet ministers being instructed to keep their speeches concise to…

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Opposition and Govt at odds over allocation of time for the censure debate

Opposition MPs have protested against what they allege is too much time being given to cabinet ministers to address the censure accusations and have proposed the convening of a special…

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Despite attacks, Prayut manages to keep his cool

Promoting cronyism, favouring big businesses and being incompetent.  These were  among charges levelled by the opposition against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the first day of the censure debate on…

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Opposition leader launches censure debate in parliament

Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat opened up with rapid-fire salvos against the administration of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, accusing it of complete incompetence, failure in national administration, corruption, nepotism and widespread…

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42 opposition MPs lined up for censure debate

Thailand’s opposition parties have lined up 42 speakers for the censure debate this afternoon (Monday), with half of them targeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who doubles as the defence minister….

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Government and Opposition ready for tomorrow’s showdown in parliament

Thailand’s Government and Opposition are combat ready for a showdown in the first censure debate in six years, which kicks off tomorrow, with opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng saying Saturday…

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It’s OK if Opposition limits debate on previous government to 20%

The government’s chief whip says there would be no objection to the Opposition questioning the performance of the previous administration, also under the premiership of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, if such…

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Future Forward’s “Project Pinocchio” to target PM in censure debate

The Future Forward party has been planning its censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha since last October and has codenamed their strategy “Project Pinocchio”, party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit told…

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Prayut government faces first censure debate

The Prayut government has been in office for only seven months but is already facing its biggest political trial. It will be subject to a no-confidence debate by the opposition…

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Sam Mitr group to help defend PM in censure debate

About 40 members of the Sam Mitr political grouping held a working lunch at a Bangkok hotel this afternoon, reportedly to discuss plans to handle the Opposition’s censure debate against…

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No need of PM “bodyguards” during censure debate – Dr. Wissanu

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five cabinet ministers, to be censured by the Opposition in parliament, do not need any guardians because they can fend for themselves, according to Deputy…

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PM to be targeted in Opposition onslaught in censure debate 

The Opposition has identified Prime Minister Prayut as the main target of its no-confidence debate because he is the head of the Government and its economic team and in charge…

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Pheu Thai leader dismisses rumour of bribe to spare transport minister in censure debate

Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat has quashed a rumour that key members of the party have been promised a 900 million baht project in exchange for dropping Transport Minister…

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PM asks Opposition to focus censure debate on current government

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned the Opposition not to censure the performance of his previous administration and to concentrate on this government, which has been in the office for…

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Thailand’s Opposition gearing up for censure debate

The opposition Pheu Thai party will hold a meeting of its strategic committee and Chalerm Yubamrung’s ad hoc committee to finalize their plan for a censure debate against the government….

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PM not worried about small coalition parties voting against government in censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has shrugged off a reported threat, by five smaller parties in the coalition government, not to vote in support of the Government if it fails to…

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The Opposition to censure Government between 18th and 20th December

The seven opposition parties have settled on their planned censure motion against the Government with the debate taking place between December 18th and 20th , opposition chief whip and Pheu…

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Over 60 percent of respondents to poll think Opposition debate was useless

More than half of the respondents to a recent Suan Dusit Poll, taken between September 19th and 21st, said that the Opposition debate last Wednesday against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha,…

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Chuan confirms Opposition debate will proceed despite charter court’s rejection of oath issue petition

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai made clear this morning (Thursday) that the Opposition’s debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s incomplete oath recital on September 18 will proceed as scheduled. He said…

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PM says he will handle the Opposition’s debate himself

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Tuesday) that he is not worried about the Opposition’s debate against him over the incomplete oath recital issue as he reiterated his innocent intention….

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DPM Wissanu hints at censure debate be held behind closed doors if it touches on sensitive issue

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm said Friday that censure debate could be held behind closed doors if the debate touches on matter which may compromise national security. He made the…

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Chuan expects PM and his cabinet to attend House debate

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said today he expects Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his ministers to be present at the House session to answer questions from opposition MPS related to…

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Opposition to submit censure debate motion to House Speaker today

The seven-party parliamentary opposition will submit a motion to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Friday) seeking a censure debate against the government, but without calling for a vote over Prime…

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Opposition seek PM’s explanation over oath-taking controversy

The seven-party Opposition will submit an interpellation to the House Speaker on Wednesday, seeking an explanation from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony last month, which is…

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Future Forward party to censure the new government at the first opportunity

The Future Forward party will press for a censure debate against the government to demand military reform, the scrapping of conscription and the revocation of questionable concessions granted to big…

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