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08BANGKOK1995 SAMAK ADMINISTRATION EASILY SURVIVES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

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“159909”,”6/27/2008 10:36″,”08BANGKOK1995″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,

“08BANGKOK1951″,”VZCZCXRO4819

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RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 8854

RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 1687

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RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

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RHHMUNA/USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI PRIORITY

RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY”,

“C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 001995

 

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NSC FOR PHU

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2018

TAGS: PGOV, KDEM, TH

SUBJECT: SAMAK ADMINISTRATION EASILY SURVIVES NO-CONFIDENCE

VOTE

 

REF: BANGKOK 1951 (DEBATE BEGINS)

 

Classified By: Acting DCM Anne Casper, reason: 1.4 (d).

 

1. (U) On the morning of June 27, following three days of

debate, House legislators voted almost entirely along

partisan lines on the Democrat Party\’s no-confidence motion

that targeted Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and seven other

cabinet members. There were up to 445 votes in play. Samak

received 280 votes in his favor, 162 against, with one

abstention. Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama, who came

under harsh attack for his agreement with Cambodia on the

Preah Vihear temple\’s disposition (reftel), received slightly

less support — 278 in favor, 162 against, with two

abstentions. The other targeted cabinet members received

comparable support. (Of the 480 House seats, 10 are vacant

because of real or alleged election irregularities. The

targeted cabinet members are constitutionally prohibited from

voting on the resolution, and all other People\’s Power Party

cabinet members, as well as the formal House leaders, agreed

in a show of sportsmanship not to vote.)

 

2. (C) Comment: The result was as expected (reftel); the

debate nevertheless appeared to serve both sides\’ interests.

The Democrats were able to air criticism of the government

and demonstrate their commitment to serving as a credible

opposition party. The government, meanwhile, showed its

willingness to accommodate the opposition\’s legitimate

parliamentary efforts and to provide an outlet for the

expression of criticism; the government also shifted media

attention away from the agenda of the People\’s Alliance for

Democracy (PAD), which had recently captured headlines for

its march on Government House.

JOHN

Written by thaicables

July 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

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