Abhisit Survives Censure

Abhisit Survives Censure

Bangkok : Thailand | Jun 02, 2010 at 10:45 AM PDT
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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has survived no-confidence motion in Thai Parliament over recent military crackdown on red shirt mass rally in Bangkok.

He and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban and three Cabinet Ministers won the lower house parliamentary vote rejecting the Thai opposition censure motion Wednesday after two-day debate.

The opposition parties backed ousted exile ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

They claimed Abhisit and his associates had used the military to kill civilians.

The military crackdown resulted in at least 87 people killed - 76 civilians and 11 police personnel and soldiers and 1,406 others injured - 993 civilians and 413 police personnel and soldiers,according to Bangkok Post latest updates on figures from Erawan Emergency Centre.

Abhisit announced Wednesday to settle grouses between his coalition parties to stabilize the Thai government and respond to the people's demands.

He signalled a Thai Cabinet reshuffle is being planned for more effective results.

His deputy.Suthep Thaugsuban had admitted that there is a problem between coalition parties,the Bhumjaithai and Pueo Pandin.

Interior Minister and Bhumjaithai Party leader Chavrat Charnvirakul had complained that Pueo Pandin had failed to observed political etiquette by not voting to support Bhumijaithai Cabinet Ministers during the parliamentary vote.

Chavrat and Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum,who is also from Bhumjaithai,had received fewer votes than the Democrat Ministers.

Chavrat had raised this issue suggesting to kick out Pueo Pandin from the coalition.

Meanwhile,Abhisit had assured that he would accept the findings of an independent commission to be set up to investigate all events from the start of the red shirt mass rally in March to the military crackdown in May.

He vowed "not to interfere" with the official inquirty.

Thai opposition MPs like UDD co-leader Jatuporn Prompan had targeted Abhisit,Suthep and the Cabinet Ministers for human rights violations alleging they worked with the Thai military to allow lethal weapons to be used on the anti-government protesters.

WisdomMountain is based in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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