Monday, 15 December 2008

Abhisit Vejjajiva : Thailand's 27th Prime Minister

Abhisit "Mark" Vejjajiva (born August 3, 1964), a Thai political figure, has been the leader of the Democrat Party since February 2005. The House of Representatives of Thailand today, elected him the 27th Prime Minister of Thailand.

Abhisit was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England to Dr. Athasit Vejjajiva and Dr. Sodsai Vejjajiva; he is a lifelong fan of Newcastle United FC. His parents were both medical professors. His father was also a politically influential technocrat and had once served as Deputy Minister of Public Health. After studying at Chulalongkorn University’s Demonstration School, he transferred to Scaitclife School and Eton College.

Abhisit was admitted into St John's College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (first class honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He taught briefly at Thailand's Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, but returned to Oxford to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics. He then became a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University. He also earned a Ph.D. degree in Law from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1990.

Abhisit married Dr Pimpen Sakuntabhai, a former dentist and now a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics at Chulalongkorn University. They have two children.
The Vejjajivas are a prominent family of Thai Chinese (Hakka) origin who maintained good relationships with the Thai ruling elite from as early as the late 18th century. Abhisit himself is a fourth-generation Thai-Chinese.

He has two sisters. One, Professor Alisa Wacharasindhu, a leading child psychiatrist and her sons (Tom and Tim Wacharasindhu) attended Winchester College and Eton College. Another one, Ngampun Vejjajiva, is a leading Thai author.

Abhisit began his political career in 1992 as a Democrat MP for Bangkok constituency. He was reelected to the same seat in 1995 and 1996. In the elections of 2001 and 2005, he returned to parliament as a Party List MP for the Democrat Party. He has served as Democrat Party spokesman, Government spokesman, Deputy-Secretary to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Chairman of the House Education Affairs Committee, and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office.

1 comment:

Spena said...

I was born on Aug 3rd gak. Maybe I should also try for the PM post...hehehe..