November 28, 2013 / 3:16 AM / 4 years ago

Thai PM Yingluck easily survives no confidence vote

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra easily survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday amid the biggest anti-government protests since deadly political unrest three years ago.

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra smiles during a debate by the opposition in parliament in Bangkok November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Yingluck needed more than half, or 246 votes, out of the 492 votes in the lower house to prevail in the no-confidence vote. She won 297 votes, with 134 votes against her.

Her Puea Thai Party and coalition partners dominate the lower house with 299 seats and comfortably survived the three-day debate during which the opposition grilled Yingluck on a 3.5 billion baht ($108 million) water management scheme and financially troubled government rice intervention scheme.

($1 = 32.1600 Thai baht)

Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Jason Szep and Michael Perry

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