BANGKOK: Thailand’s embattled prime minister easily survived a parliamentary no confidence vote Thursday as opposition protesters kept up their fight to try to topple her government by besieging major ministries.
The demonstrations are the biggest since mass rallies three years ago which descended into the kingdom’s worst civil strife in decades with more than 90 people killed and nearly 1,900 wounded.
Lawmakers in the ruling party-dominated lower house rejected the censure motion 297-134, according to speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont.
The motion was filed by the opposition Democrat Party, which alleges widespread corruption in government and accuses Yingluck of acting as a puppet for her brother, the ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Yingluck — who denies the accusations — delivered a televised national address following the vote, urging demonstrators to end their rallies.
“I propose to protesters to stop protesting and leave government offices so the civil service can move forward,” she said.