11 July 2024

The Move Forward party decided today to expel Bangkok MP Chaiyamparwaan from the party after he was found, by the party’s disciplinary committee, to have committed an act of sexual harassment against three party volunteers.

Party leader Chaithawat Tulathon said the party’s executive committee and MPs met today in Rayong province to consider whether Chaiyamparwaan Manpianjit should be sacked, after he failed to comply with the party’s requirement that he offer an apology to the public and an apology and compensation to the victims.

He said the meeting agreed unanimously that the MP had not been sincere in his apology last week and, instead, disclosed information about his relationship with one of the victims, in defiance of the resolution of the executive committee.

All 128 participants at the meeting voted for Chaiyamparwaan’s expulsion with immediate effect.

The meeting assigned two MPs, Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat and Rukchanok Srinork, to look after the Chom Thong constituency in the absence of Chaiyamparwaan.

The party also appointed an MP to look after Constituency 1 in Prachin Buri, after last week’s expulsion of Wuttiphong Thonglour, also found to have committed sexual harassment.

Both sacked MPs will have to register with new parties within 30 days of their expulsion to retain their parliamentary statuses.