Nateepat Kulsetasit Steps Down and Apologizes
Nateepat Kulsetasit, a Move Forward Party (MFP) list MP-elect, has resigned from her position as an MP candidate after being arrested for drink-driving. She offered a public apology on Tuesday and expressed regret for her actions, stating that she had let people down and would be unable to vote for the same-sex marriage legislation that she had championed.
The Events Leading to Her Resignation
On Monday night, Nateepat met with some friends and reportedly consumed three or four alcoholic beverages. Early Tuesday morning, she was stopped at a police checkpoint on Prasert Manukit Road in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. Despite her claim that she did not resist a police request for an alcohol breath test, she was found to have 66 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which exceeded the legal threshold of 50mg.
Impact on the Move Forward Party
The Move Forward Party has unofficially won 152 House seats, including 39 list seats, in the recent election. The party is currently in the process of forming a coalition government. Nateepat was ranked 27th on the MFP’s roster of 100 list candidates. Despite her resignation as an MP candidate, she stated that she would remain a member of the party.
The Importance of Responsible Leadership
This incident serves as a reminder of the need for responsible leadership in politics. As public figures, politicians must be mindful of their actions and the impact they have on both their party and their constituents. Nateepat’s swift resignation and apology reflect a willingness to hold herself accountable for her actions, which is an essential trait of any political leader.