FFP MPs reveal reasons for backing royal decree
published : 18 Oct 2019 at 17:51
writer: Post Reporters
Future Forward Party (FFP) MP Thanapat Kittiwongsa has explained why he voted against the party resolution and in favour of an executive decree on the partial transfer of army units and budget funds to a royal security command unit.
Pol Lt Col Thanaphat said on his Facebook page he voted in favour of the executive decree because of his love and respect for the monarchy. His clarification came in response to questions from party supporters as to why he went against the party's decision.
Pol Lt Col Thanaphat was one of three FFP MPs who on Thursday voted to pass the executive decree. The two others were Chon Buri MP Kawinnart Takee and Chanthaburi MP Jaruek Sri-on.
The House passed the executive decree by 374-70 votes. All of the 70 votes against the decree were made by FFP MPs. The FFP argued that the use of an executive decree for "non-urgent" matters showed that the cabinet was misusing its power.
Mr Jaruek also used Facebook to explain why he voted against the party line, however, he later removed the post following a barrage of criticism by FFP supporters.
The MP for Chanthaburi reportedly said he disagreed with the party's stance and decided to vote against their line after he could not persuade the party not to field candidates in the election of chairmen of provincial administrative organisations.
On Oct 12, Mr Jaruek posted a message on Facebook voicing disagreement with the party's plan to contest local elections. He claimed that there were two teams affiliated with the FFP competing against each other, and that the contest would create rifts and undermine unity.
Meanwhile, FFP secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul said that the party had resolved to vote against the decree following discussions among party MPs.
Asked about Mr Jaruek's claim about the local elections, he said the issue was an internal affair and it would be sorted out. He said the FFP was designed to operate on democratic principles.