Thai govt suffers another defeat as coalition partners fail to vote with them

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  • Wednesday, 04 Dec 2019

BANGKOK (ANN): A pall of gloom descended on the Thai cabinet meeting yesterday (Dec 3) when rebel coalition members again voted for a commission to study the impact of the National Council for Peace and Order’s actions and its use of power under Section 44.

Minister in the Prime Minister's office, Tewan Liptapallop, informed the cabinet that the meeting on Dec 4 should be harmonious to prevent an attack by the opposition.

Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Prayuth Chan-o-cha replied, “We are a coalition government. You cannot do everything you want here.”

Interior Minister, Anupong Paochinda was harsher in his response, saying: “Previously, when the Democrat Party was the government, I helped you to manage national affairs. Now that you are part of government, why don’t you act appropriately in accordance with the current situation?”

Deputy Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak added that the issue was crucial to the continued functioning of government and the Democrat Party should not veto it.

During the 11am break, the Prime Minister held a meeting with Finance Minister Uttama Saowanayon, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan and Minister of Social Development and Human Security Juti Krairerk.

“If the parliamentary session tomorrow (Dec 4) fails again, we have to reshuffle the cabinet or dissolve the parliament” the Prime Minister said. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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