Censure debate begins

The no-confidence debate against the government has begun amid tight security even though the rally of the Pitak Siam group has been called off.

                       Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra takes a seat in the parliament for the no-confidence debate.

                       (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

All MPs and cabinet ministers as well as news reporters were subject to a weapons search on their arrival at the meeting hall.  They had to walk past a weapon scanner and were then checked with a manual bomb detector.

Apart from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, also targeted for grilling are Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat, and Deputy Interior Minister Chatt Kuldilok.

The censure debate has been scheduled for Nov 25-27 and the vote on the censure motion will be on Nov 28.

Suan Dusit Poll which conducted an opinion survey on 2,310 people throughout the country between Nov 19-24 reported that a majority or 56.14% did not show particular support for either the government or the opposition, saying that they were tired of politics.

However, 17.76% said they were backing the government, 13.6% supported the opposition, and 12.5% said they were for both sides and wanted them to cooperate with each other more for the sake of the country.

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