The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Thai PM faces no confidence motion amid political protests


BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today faced a no-confidence debate launched by her opponents in parliament, a day after political protests turned violent in Bangkok.

But the motions, which also target three other government ministers, appeared to have little chance of being passed by a legislature dominated by Yingluck's Puea Thai party and its coalition partners.

"The prime minister has failed to govern this country as promised. She allows corruption," Democrat Party opposition MP Jurin Laksanavisit said at the start of the debate, which is scheduled to last for three days.

"She also allows outside people to influence her and control her administration," he added, in a thinly veiled reference to Ms Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.