Abhisit Vejjajiva

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Abhisit Vejjajiva
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Prime Minister of the Thailand
Assumed office
17 December 2008
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
DeputySuthep Thuagsuban
Preceded byChaovarat Chanweerakul
Personal details
Born3 August 1964
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom [1]
Political partyDemocrat Party (TH)
Spouse(s)Pimpen Vejjajiva
(m. 1988-present)
ChildrenPrang Vejjajiva, Punnasit Vejjajiva[2]

Abhisit Vejjajiva (About this soundEnglish pronunciation ; Thai: อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ; Thai pronunciation), born 3 August 1964 is the leader of the Democrat Party and 27th and current Prime Minister of Thailand.

After graduating from Eton, a famous public school in England, Abhisit get his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. He was elected to the Thai Parliament at the age of 27. In 2008, he became the country’s youngest-ever prime ministers at the age of 44 [3]

Abhisit became prime minister during global economic crisis and faced rising politic problems in the country. The government under Abhisit Vejjajiva introduce economic stimulus to “REVIVE THE THAI ECONOMY with transparency and accountability”. The Economic Plan is separated into two phrases, Stimulus Package 1 and stimulus Package 2.

Early life and family[change | change source]

Born in Newcastle, England, went to Eton Public school during his teenage life, before continuing his higher education at Oxford University. Abhisit received at Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with first class honor and master's degree in Economics.

After graduation, Abhisit started his career life as lecturer at Oxford University in Economics before coming back to Thailand after receiving his master's degree as a Lecturer at Thammasart University from 1990-1991. Abhisit’s “family is a circle of accomplished individuals”. His father, Professor Doctor Athasit Vejjajiva, an ex-minister of public health and his mother, Professor Doctor Sodsai Vejjajiva. One of his two sisters is a professor of child psychology. The other is a leading Thai author.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The opposition leader becomes PM". Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  2. "Abhisit, Chuan's youngest protégé gets his turn at last". Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  3. "Open Road". Retrieved 2010-01-21.