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Thai Leader Survives Vote


One of the "Red Shirt" supporters of exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra faces Thai soldiers in Bangkok in mid-April.

One of the "Red Shirt" supporters of exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra faces Thai soldiers in Bangkok in mid-April.

Thailand's prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has survived a no-confidence motion in the wake of violence that left dozens of people dead and many hundreds injured.

Members of the lower house of parliament voted 246-186 to reject the motion against Abhisit.

The prime minister, defending himself against a censure motion in parliament, promised there would be an independent investigation into whether the army used undue force to clear antigovernment protesters from Bangkok's streets.

During 10 weeks of "Red Shirt" protests, 89 people -- mostly civilians -- died from street clashes, grenade attacks, and sniper fire, and some 1,800 people were wounded.

compiled from agency reports
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