28 Nov '11, 7am

Thai minister survives flood censure vote

BANGKOK: A top Thai government minister easily survived a no confidence vote in parliament Monday as lawmakers threw out claims that official flood relief work had been plagued by corruption and mismanagement. Justice minister Pracha Promnok, responsible for overseeing nationwide relief efforts in the wake of Thailand's worst floods in half a century, received 273 votes of support, against 188 votes in favour of the motion. Of those present, five lawmakers abstained and 15 did not cast their votes. Pracha emerged as one of the most visible faces of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's fledgling government, which faced criticism for its slow response and confusing public advice about the natural disaster. The opposition had claimed Pracha's work as director of the government's Flood Relief Operation Command was inadequate and that the state's flood aid budget and private do...

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