The main opposition Pheu Thai Party will submit a no-confidence motion against at least five cabinet ministers to parliament, with the government’s planned procurement of 8.5 million sets of Chinese-made antigen test kits among the issues targeted for censure.
Along with this, Deputy Pheu Thai leader Yutthapong Charasathien said the ministers are Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on and Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin.
The opposition parties were also discussing the possible inclusion of Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn on the list, and this is what Mr Yutthapong shared. However, Gen Prayut will be the primary target for censure over several issues including the planned procurement of two Chinese-made submarines.
The move came after Gen Prayut put the brakes on the navy’s controversial submarine procurement plan, citing the urgent need to divert funds to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to this, Mr Yutthapong shared that the opposition will also take aim at Mr Anutin over irregularities in the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, despite promises about widespread availability, and the ATKs.