Chaovarat Chanweerakul

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Chavarat Charnvirakul
MPCh WMW MBE
ชวรัตน์ ชาญวีรกุล
Chaovarat Chanweerakul (cropped).jpg
Minister of the Interior
In office
20 December 2008 – 6 August 2011
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
Preceded by Kowit Wattana
Succeeded by Yongyuth Wichaidit
Prime Minister of Thailand
Acting
In office
2 December 2008 – 17 December 2008
Monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej
Preceded by Somchai Wongsawat
Succeeded by Abhisit Vejjajiva
Personal details
Born (1936-06-07) 7 June 1936 (age 78)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political party Bhumjaithai Party (2009–present)
Other political
affiliations
People's Power Party (2007–2008)
Spouse(s) Tassanee Chanweerakul
Alma mater Thammasat University
Religion Buddhism

Chaovarat Chanweerakul, or Chavarat Charnvirakul (Thai: ชวรัตน์ ชาญวีรกุล, RTGS: Chawarat Chanwirakun, Thai pronunciation: [t͡ɕʰáwárát t͡ɕʰaːnwiːrákun]) (born June 7, 1936 in Bangkok) is a Thai politician. He had served as an Acting Prime Minister of Thailand as a result of the 2008 Thai political crisis.

Chaovarat graduated from Thammasat University in 1966 with a degree in economics.[1]

After spending many years in the public sector, he joined the government in 1994 as Deputy Minister of Finance, his tenure lasted till 1997. In 2008 He rejoined the government as Minister of Public Health and later Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.[1]

On 2 December 2008, the Constitutional Court ordered the dissolution of the People's Power Party and other coalition parties, at the same time banning their chief executives. The incumbent Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat, was then removed along with several other members of the Cabinet. Chaovarat, however, was the only senior Cabinet figure who was not a party executive and was therefore the only viable candidate. Either the House of Representatives of Thailand had to confirm him as the new Prime Minister, or the new political grouping must vote for a new leader and submit his name for approval.[2] There has been some questions - even a letter submitted to the Constitutional Court by Senators - concerning the legality of his temporary appointment as Prime Minister (even in a caretaker capacity). This is because the 2007 Constitution of Thailand states that the Prime Minister must be a member of the House of Representatives; Chaovarat was not an MP.[3] Chaovarat was replaced by Abhisit Vejjajiva on the 15 December 2008. He was appointed Minister of Interior of Thailand in the Abhisit cabinet, a post which he held until the government's electoral defeat in 2011. Since 14 February 2009, Chaovarat has been the leader of the Bhumjaithai Party.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Somchai Wongsawat
Prime Minister of Thailand
Acting

2008
Succeeded by
Abhisit Vejjajiva
Preceded by
Kowit Wattana
Minister of the Interior
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Yongyuth Wichaidit