Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday easily survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote as protests continued on the streets of Bangkok.
Yingluck needed more than half, or 246 votes out of the 492 votes in the lower house, to prevail in the vote.
“Prime Minister Yingluck won the vote of confidence,” House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont announced on Thursday morning, with 297 lawmakers voting in her favour and 134 against.
The vote comes amid ongoing mass street protests in Bangkok by opposition protesters seeking to topple her government.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have paralysed government ministries in Bangkok to challenge the prime minister and her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in the biggest street protests since the mass rallies in 2010 that turned deadly.
Protesters accuse Yingluck, who is the country’s first female prime minister, of acting as a stooge to her brother, the billionaire tycoon-turned-politician who is adored by many of the country’s rural and urban working class but loathed by many in the elite and the middle classes.. see more