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Coalition of Thai parties conspire to remove Prime Minister Prayut from office

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Several Thai newspapers this week had reported that members of some of the smaller parties in parliament have confirmed the existence of a conspiracy between a coalition of parties to overthrow Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The disclosure and confirmation of this plot details the efforts of various parties to come together and remove the prime minister from his seat.

The New Palangdharma Party said it will take a coalition of many of the smaller parties in parliament and the larger parties to turn the tide. The party leader appeared to confirm rumours that one of the most powerful opposition parties leading the attack, Pheu Thai, is in negotiations with some key figures from the Palang Pracharath party now in power to vote to impeach Prime Minister Prayut.

Nothing is easy in Thailand and the political negotiations between opposing and cooperating parties, sometimes simultaneously, are often tumultuous… very tumultuous in fact.

Rumours of a secret deal between Pheu Thai and some PPRP leaders are being questioned by the opposition Move Forward party, with many believing insurgents or politically ambitious PPRP leaders involved in this coup.

It is rumoured that controversial PPRP member Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow is preparing for a takeover bid, a rumour he has denied. Sceptics point out that Thamanat and PPRP leader Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan were conspicuously absent from the cabinet members named in the confidence procedure.

Some also note that while the attacks on Prime Minister Prayut and the other cabinet members mentioned were fierce, the defence was a bit lacklustre and lacked passion. The prime minister acknowledged that he was aware of the coalition rumours, which sparked speculation about a House break-up and musical chairs in the political alliances, but Prime Minister Prayut insists on his resolve and says he intends to continue his course. and serve his 4-year term.

Yesterday was the last day of a four-day censorship debate that will lead to a vote today in which MPs can cast a vote of no confidence in the prime minister and 5 other ministers. During the debate, the accused defended their policies and actions regarding Covid19 and vaccine management, as well as general economic woes and a shocking accusation yesterday that Prime Minister Prayut gave 5 million baht each to various MPs to guarantee a vote in his favour, a charge the Prime Minister STRONGLY denies.

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