Pita Limcharoenrat loses his bid for PM in the first round of voting

Pita Limcharoenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, has lost his first attempt to become Prime Minister when he was unable to secure the necessary 375 votes from parliament.

 

During today's parliamentary session to select the next Prime Minister, Pita, who was the sole candidate, received 323 votes, falling short of the required threshold by 52 votes. There are a total of 749 eligible voters in Parliament.

 

Among those, 182 individuals voted against him, while 199 abstained. The remaining members were absent.

 

Pita expressed his determination to continue the fight.

 

The next parliamentary session to select the Prime Minister is scheduled for July 19.

Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address: [email protected], please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”