BANGKOK, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- One of Thailand's 10 splinter parties, namely Thai Civilized Party, confirmed on Tuesday its resolution to defect from the coalition government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
In a press conference at a hotel in the premises of Chaeng Watthana Government Complex in northern Bangkok, Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, the leader and sole MP of the Thai Civilized Party, reassured that his party has officially resolved to become an "independent opposition" party which is not part of the Pheu Thai Party-led opposition bloc in parliament.
The Thai Civilized Party has defected from the Palang Pracharath Party-led coalition government because Mongkolkit had not been allowed to examine the government's performances.
He said his party policies had not been included as part of the government policies whereas the Palang Pracharath Party, the core of the coalition, had failed to give him due respect.
The Thai Civilized Party and other nine splinter parties with only one seat each in the parliament decided to join the Palang Pracharath Party-led coalition government and supported Prayut Chan-o-cha to be elected as the new prime minister earlier this year.
Prayut won by 500 votes in a joint voting by elected MPs and selected senators on June 5 after which a 19-party coalition government was formed though many smaller parties got no position in the new cabinet.