BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Saturday amid allegations that his authorities mismanaged the economic system, bungled the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, abused human rights and fostered corruption. Nine different ministers additionally survived the vote. It marked the second no-confidence take a look at that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s authorities has confronted since taking workplace in July 2019, following a contested election after Prayuth seized energy in a 2014 coup as the military chief. In February final yr, he and 5 Cabinet ministers simply defeated a no-confidence vote within the decrease home.In the most recent movement, Prayuth’s authorities was additionally criticized for misusing its energy to advertise police officers and for establishing a cyber unit to assault authorities critics on social media, amongst different complaints.But a extra severe allegation was that Prayuth has deepened divisions in society by utilizing the monarchy as a protect in opposition to criticism of his authorities.A student-led protest motion has campaigned since final yr for Prayuth and his authorities to step down. They need the structure to be amended to make it extra democratic, and for the monarchy to be reformed to make it extra accountable.“The largest fault of Prayuth is that he doesn’t perceive the rules of the constitutional monarchy,” stated Pita Limjaroenrat, chief of the opposition Move Forward Party. “He used the monarchy to guard himself each time he was criticized or opposed. This is an evil motion, making him not certified to be prime minister,” he stated.His accusation refers back to the enforcement of Article 112 of the legal code, also called the lese majeste legislation. Prayuth stated in June final yr that King Maha Vajiralongkorn had expressed his want for the federal government to not use the legislation in opposition to defaming the monarchy to prosecute pro-democracy protesters.Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a preferred politician who was compelled out of parliament final yr, was charged final month with lese majeste for alleging that the federal government’s procurement of COVID-19 vaccines was late and insufficient, and that there was attainable favoritism within the awarding of the primary contract.The criticism pertains to the monarchy as a result of a lot of the vaccines that Thailand has ordered are to be produced by Siam Bioscience, a personal Thai firm owned by the king.The monarchy is extensively thought of an untouchable bedrock of Thai nationalism.The lese majeste legislation permits anybody to file a criticism with the police, with convictions carrying jail phrases of as much as 15 years per offense. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, not less than 59 folks, together with a number of minors, have been summoned below the legislation between November and February.Four well-known protesters — together with human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa, scholar chief Parit Chiwarak, and political activists Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyaem — have been prosecuted below the legislation and on sedition prices earlier this month. Their lawyer requested bail, however the courtroom denied it.Prayuth stated the controversy in parliament was “ alternative for either side to do one thing collectively for our nation and other people. And I’m able to make clear each allegation.” Of the 487 lawmakers, 277 are a part of the ruling coalition and 210 are with the opposition. The censure movement would have required a easy majority, or 244 votes, to move. Prayuth acquired 272 votes, with 206 voting no-confidence and three remaining silent. On Saturday night, round 1,000 protesters staged a rally exterior the gate of the parliament constructing, the place audio system took turns denouncing the vote outcomes, saying they have been internet hosting their very own model of the censure debate. Some attendees held indicators criticizing the federal government and the monarchy.“We knew what the results of the vote could be, however we aren’t upset as a result of not less than the opposition events had an opportunity to show the federal government’s wrongdoings in order that the entire nation would know the reality,” stated Jaruwan Bungasaree, a 68-year-old protester.“They spoke out in opposition to the corruption and did job,” she added.Police stated earlier that they might deploy greater than 10,000 officers in Bangkok over the weekend to manage the crowds and preserve legislation and order. Police automobiles, together with water cannon vans, have been dispatched close to the parliament constructing.___Associated Press author Bill Bredesen contributed to this report.