Censure motion against nine Ministers
The opposition Puea Thai party is leading the debate on a censure motion against nine of the country’s ministers. The main targets of the debate are Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaungsuban who are being held responsible for the mishandling of last year’s anti-government protests, during which 91 people were killed.
Puea Thai is closely linked to The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and the ‘red shirt’ demonstrators who led the protest. The UDD is partly financed by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. It is expected that the debate will also focus on accusations of corruption against the ministers with regard to telecoms deals and mishandling the economy. Thaksin himself lives abroad to avoid a jail sentence following a conviction for abuse of power.
The next general election is likely to be called for some time in June or July.