Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five cabinet ministers comfortably survived a vote of no confidence in parliament yesterday, a week after a court ban on 11 opposition lawmakers increased the ruling coalition's parliamentary majority. The Constitutional Court dissolved the opposition Future Forward Party, the third-largest in parliament, and banned 11 of its lawmakers from politics for a decade on the grounds the party breached the law by taking loans from its leader. The court's decision has sparked protests by university students around the country. Prayuth had been expected to survive the censure motion even before the reduction in opposition numbers in parliament. But he faced some of the fiercest public criticism since he transitioned last year from military ruler to head of an elected government.