By Thai Newsroom Reporters
SEVEN TURNCOAT PHEU THAI MPs who have not cast a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha might probably be expelled from the opposition party and automatically lose their MP status, said a deputy party leader today (Sept. 5).
Deputy Pheu Thai Party leader Yutthapong Charatsathian confirmed he himself will propose during tomorrow’s meeting of the party’s ethics committee an immediate ouster of the seven renegade MPs due to their evident failure to have voted against Prayut and five members of his cabinet, all of whom finally survived yesterday’s no-confidence vote following a four-day censure debate at parliament.
Yutthapong said the party’s executive board or ethics committee will have nothing to negotiate with these turncoats who, he said, have evidently compromised the party’s principles and resolution which inarguably called for all its MPs to vote against the premier and the others.
Nevertheless, all the renegade MPs will be given the chance to make ”excuses” for their not having voted against the premier and the others before the party’s ethics committee which is primarily obliged to thoroughly conduct inquiry into their rebellious act.
These turncoat lawmakers who chose to abstain from voting either for or against Prayut and the others would automatically lose their MP status if they were eventually deprived of Pheu Thai Party membership, thus warranting a by-election in the constituencies where they have represented.
The seven renegades included two MPs of Sisaket, two MPs of Pathum Thani, one MP of Ubon Ratchathani, one MP of Uttaradit and one MP of Nakhon Nayok.
Among them was Pheu Thai MP Saranwut Saranket who had openly expressed his frustrations over the party’s decision to not allow him to take the floor for an hour to grill Prayut during the marathon censure debate.
Top: Some Pheu Thai Party members at their head office. Photo: Matichon
Home Page: Deputy Pheu Thai Party leader Yutthapong Charatsathian. Photo: Daily News