Thailand's National Assembly has confirmed Kukrit Pramoj as the next Prime Minister of the country with a vote of confidence in this seven-party coalition Government.
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Background: Thailand's National Assembly has confirmed Kukrit Pramoj as the next Prime Minister of the country with a vote of confidence in this seven-party coalition Government.
The vote was held on Wednesday (19 March), just as several hundred demonstrators were gathering outside the Parliamentary building in Bangkok. They accused Mr. Kukrit and some of his minsters of "corruption" and of having been linked with the military regime ousted seventeen months ago.
While the demonstration was going on, the Assembly debated the new Government's policies, which include pledges of full employment in five years, and free medical cars, education and free bus rides for the poor.
The Assembly gave mr. Kukrit and his 25-man Cabinet a vote of 140 to 124 in favour of his seven-party coalition, with one abstention.
Mr. Kukrit's Government, which is dominated by the right-wing Thai National and Social Justice Parties, replaces the caretaker Government of his elder brother, who failed to win the Assembly's vote of confidence two weeks ago.