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Prayut loses Section 44 vote

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Defence Ministry on Thursday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government suffered a shock defeat in its bid to prevent formation of a panel to study Section 44.

The defeat was the result of six Democrat Party MPs voting to support the opposition motion, proposed by the Future Forward Party secretary-general, to set up a panel to study the impact of orders issued under Section 44. The legislation gave Gen Prayut special executive powers as leader of the post-coup National Council for Peace and Order regime.

On Wednesday, the opposition won by four votes -- 234-230 -- with two abstentions and one absence.

Gen Prayut said that defeat in a parliamentary vote was normal, adding that several MPs from coalition parties were too busy to attend the meeting.

"I am still confident about [coalition] stability. When you join a government, you must be serious and work with the government to do the right things, rather than merely engage in political battles," Gen Prayut said.

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Vocabulary:

abstention (noun): an act of choosing not to use a vote either in favour of or against something - การงดออกเสียง

coalition : a temporary union of different political parties that agree to form a government together - พรรคร่วมรัฐบาล

coup : the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ

legislation : a law or set of laws suggested by a government and made official by a parliament - กฎหมาย, การออกกฎหมาย

merely : only; used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant - เพียงเท่านั้น

motion : a formal proposal that people discuss and then vote on in a meeting or debate - ญัตติ, ข้อเสนอเพื่อการอภิปรายในที่ประชุม

opposition : of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government - ฝ่ายค้าน  ผู้ต่อต้าน

regime : a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way - รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ

stability : a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes; when something is not likely to move or change - ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ

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