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28 Feb 2020 | 07:32 PM UTC

Thailand: Government officials survive vote of no-confidence February 28 /update 2

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other officials survive no-confidence motion February 28; opposition protests still possible in the near term

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Event

The Thai Parliament voted in favour of six senior government officials during a no-confidence motion on Friday, February 28, in the culmination of a four-day censure debate. The government officials in question were Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the deputy prime minister, the interior minister, the foreign minister, and the deputy agriculture minister. However, some members of the opposition boycotted the motion on Friday, in protest to certain time allocations accorded to the debate that they perceived to be unfair. 

Opposition protests are possible in major urban areas in the coming days in response to the outcome of the vote. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near any protest site.

Context

Thailand's Constitutional Court dissolved the Future Forward Party on February 21 for taking loans from its founder. The decision sparked isolated nationwide protests in the following days - particularly at university campuses.
On February 24, the government began the first censure debate since the 2014 military coup, where officials discussed a number of controversial issues including corruption allegations and the 2014 coup.

Advice

Individuals in Thailand, and in Bangkok in particular, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any protest or demonstration as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.