Party withdrawal from Thai coalition signals first sign of trouble for government

In this photo taken on July 16, 2019, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha arrives for the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok.
In this photo taken on July 16, 2019, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha arrives for the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok.PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK - A member of Thailand's coalition government on Tuesday (Aug 13) announced its decision to withdraw support for the government, signalling the first sign of trouble for the newly formed administration led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

More defections could make it difficult for the government to pass a budget in the coming months, which would be crucial to maintaining investor confidence amid slowing growth.

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