Party's pullout from Thai coalition bad news for govt

Move by Thai Civilised Party leader further trims wafer-thin majority in Lower House

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

A member of Thailand's coalition government yesterday 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2019, with the headline 'Party's pullout from Thai coalition bad news for govt'. Subscribe