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Thai Justice Minister survives no-confidence vote

(Xinhua)

15:23, November 28, 2011

BANGKOK, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Justice Minister Pol Gen Pracha Promnokand, who is also the chief of Flood Relief Operations Center (FROC), survived a censure debate on Monday, with 273 coalition lawmakers voting in support.

Meanwhile, a total of 188 opposition MPs voted against him. Five MPs abstained while 15 others did not cast their votes even though they attended the House meeting.

Totally, 487 out of the current 499 members of the Lower House registered to join the no-confidence voting at the parliament. At least 250 votes, or half of the whole members, are needed for a no- confidence debate to be effective.

Censure Debate against the justice minister started Sunday after the opposition Democrat Party filed a no-confidence motion accusing the justice minister of failing to solve the flood problem and overlooked irregularities in flood relief supplies procurement and distribution. The debate lasted until midnight.

A total of 153 lawmakers from the main opposition Democrats signed an no-confidence motion and submitted it to the House Speaker on Nov. 18.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out speculations about cabinet reshuffle, saying Pol Gen Pracha was able to defend himself against all accusations raised by the opposition.

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