Prayut Chan-o-cha

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Prayut Chan-o-cha

ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา
Prayut in 2018
29th Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
24 August 2014[a] – 22 August 2023
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Preceded byNiwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (Acting)
Succeeded bySrettha Thavisin
Minister of Defence
In office
10 July 2019 – 22 August 2023
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byPrawit Wongsuwan
Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order Leader of the Move Forward Party
In office
22 May 2014 – 16 July 2019
Appointed byBhumibol Adulyadej
DeputyPrawit Wongsuwan
Thanasak Patimaprakorn
Narong Pipathanasai
Prajin Juntong
Adul Sangsingkeo
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army
In office
1 October 2010 – 30 September 2014
Preceded byAnupong Paochinda
Succeeded byUdomdej Sitabutr
Personal details
Born (1954-03-21) 21 March 1954 (age 70)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Palang Pracharath Party (2018–2023)
United Thai Nation (2023)
EducationNational Defence College
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Signature (English)
Military service
Allegiance Thailand
Branch/service Royal Thai Army
Years of service1976–2014
*Prawit Wongsuwan serves as acting PM during the suspension.

General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Thai: ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา; born 21 March 1954) used to be a Thai army officer and was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 2014 to 2023. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.[1]

On 24 August, the Constitutional Court of Thailand suspended Prayut as prime minister, however Prayut still claims to be prime minister.[2] As the most senior deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan was made acting prime minister.[3] He became prime minister again from September 2022 to August 2023.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Provisional: 22 May – 24 August 2014
    Suspended: 24 August – 30 September 2022 (Prawit Wongsuwan served as acting PM during the suspension.)
    Caretaker: 20 March 2023 – 22 August 2023, after dissolution of the House until the formation of the new government.

References[change | change source]

  1. Fredrickson, Terry (October 1, 2010). "Gen Prayuth takes command". Bangkok Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  2. "Prayuth Chan-ocha: Thai court suspends PM from office". BBC News. 2022-08-24. Retrieved 2022-08-24.
  3. "Thai court suspends PM Prayuth; Prawit made acting PM". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2022-08-24.