Abhisit Vejjajiva

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Abhisit Vejjajiva

อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ
27th Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
17 December 2008 – 5 August 2011
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
DeputyKobsak Sabhavasu
Trairong Suwankiri
Suthep Thaugsuban
Sanan Kachornprasart
Preceded byChaovarat Chanweerakul (Acting)
Succeeded byYingluck Shinawatra
Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives
In office
6 August 2011 – 8 December 2013
Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra
Preceded byChalerm Yubamrung
Succeeded byParliament dissolved
In office
6 March 2005 – 17 December 2008
Prime MinisterThaksin Shinawatra
Chitchai Wannasathit (Acting)
Samak Sundaravej
Somchai Wongsawat
Chaovarat Chanweerakul (Acting)
Preceded byBanyat Bantadtan
Succeeded byChalerm Yubamrung
Leader of the Democrat Party
In office
6 March 2005 – 24 March 2019
Preceded byBanyat Bantadtan
Succeeded byJurin Laksanavisith (interim)
Member of the Thai House of Representatives
In office
1 July 1992 – 8 December 2013
ConstituencyBangkok Metropolitan Region – 6th District
Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister
In office
14 November 1997 – 6 January 2001
Prime MinisterChuan Leekpai
Personal details
Mark Abhisit Vejjajiva

(1964-08-03) 3 August 1964 (age 59)
Wallsend, England, UK[1][2]
Political partyDemocrat Party
Spouse(s)Pimpen Vejjajiva
EducationSt John's College, Oxford
Ramkhamhaeng University

Abhisit Vejjajiva (audio speaker iconEnglish pronunciation ; Thai: อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ; Thai pronunciation), born 3 August 1964 is the leader of the Democrat Party and 27th 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 [4]

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.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Powell, Sian (15 December 2008). "British-born Abhisit Vejjajiva is Thailand's new Prime Minister". The Times. UK.
  2. Percival, Jenny (15 December 2008). "Thai opposition leader becomes PM". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  3. The Nation, Abhisit, Chuan's young protege gets his turn at last Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  4. "Open Road". Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21.