As the coronavirus strategy fails, Thai Prime Minister Prayut faces a no-confidence vote


Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will face a no-confidence vote in Parliament as opposition parties. Pro-democracy organisations increase pressure on his government as it battles one of the region’s largest Covid-19 outbreaks.
On Monday (Aug 16), the opposition parties filed a motion for censure discussions and no-confidence votes against Mr Prayut and five other ministers, including the health ministry’s Deputy Premier Anutin Charnvirakul.
According to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, the votes may be taken up later this month or early September. Thailand is in the midst of the largest Covid-19 outbreak in the country’s history, pushing Prime Minister Prayut to announce near-lockdown measures throughout wide swaths of the country.
More than 40% of the population’s companies and livelihoods are being harmed by the containment measures, which have sparked near-daily public protests asking for Mr Prayut’s removal.
While Mr Prayut is likely to survive the third no-confidence vote against him since the general elections in 2019, the opposition is attempting to expose his government’s failure to quickly contain the outbreak and accelerate a vaccination campaign that has only reached 7% of the country’s 70 million people.
With the development of the more infectious Delta variety, Thailand, like many of its Southeast Asian neighbours, has seen a steady increase in Covid-19 cases. With almost 210,000 active cases and 5,600 people in serious condition, the outbreak has overwhelmed the public health system.


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