Thai prime minister survives no-confidence vote

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 2:34 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Wednesday's vote came after a censure debate, and four days after a demonstration by thousands of anti-government protesters.

The opposition is outnumbered in parliament, however, and lawmakers voted 308 to 159 to keep Yingluck in power. One deputy premier and other two ministers also comfortably survived no-confidence votes.

Among the issues brought up against Yingluck and other ministers were alleged irregularities in the government's rice-pledging scheme, flood management budget, canal-dredging projects and the procurement of combat systems on two navy frigates.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung was also accused of serving the interests of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's brother. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives in self-imposed exile following a corruption conviction.

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