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Maverick MP walks out on coalition over broken promises

Aug 13. 2019
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The Thai Civilised Party issued a statement on Tuesday saying it’s only MP was leaving the coalition government because he had not been given a Cabinet seat as promised. 

Speaking at a press conference, Mongkholkit Suksintharanont also cautioned the other nine small parties, saying they too will find themselves being let down. 

 

Thai Civilised Party to quit coalition

Mongkholkit said he will be an independent Opposition member and will decide on whether or not to support possible no-confidence motions against the Prayut Chan-o-cha government on a case-by-case basis. 

 

The first-time MP said he remained friendly with the nine small parties despite their decision to stay in the coalition, and also praised many coalition MPs and several senators. He lauded Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanas Phromphao for his generosity. Thammanas lent Mongkholkit some money when he needed it. 

 

He also warned the government about a possible defeat in potential no-confidence motions, saying the coalition’s 249 seats against the Opposition’s 246 was a very narrow margin and the corruption allegations related to the construction of a futsal stadium will be a difficult nut for the Prayut government to crack.

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