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Cracks Appear In Ruling Coalition Ahead Of No-Confidence Vote


The so called Group of 16, which consists of minor parties propping up the government and several members of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) are divided on whether to back Prime Minister Prayuth in the upcoming no-confidence vote, the Bangkok post reports citing the group's secretary Khathathep Techadejruangkul.

  • Khathathep reportedly complained that the government has failed to address some of the nation's most burning economic problems. He noted that some of the group's members have decided to vote against the Prime Minister, while others prefer to hear his speech in the censure debate before deciding.
  • Tuesday saw Setthakij Thai raise pressure on the government by formally withdrawing from the coalition and vowing to vote against the Prime Minister. The party has 16 MPs and is led by Thamanat Prompow, a former PPRP Secretary General expelled from the ruling party, reportedly for plotting against PM Prayuth.
  • The latest no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition targets the Prime Minister and 10 other ministers. The censure debate will likely take place next week, with the government still expected to survive.

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