|Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and
Minister of Interior
9 August 2011 – 30 September 2012
|Prime Minister||Yingluck Shinawatra|
|Preceded by||Suthep Thaugsuban (Deputy PM)
Chaovarat Chanweerakul (MoI)
|Member of the Thai House of Representatives|
3 July 2011 – 3 October 2012
|Constituency||Party List (#2)|
|Leader of Pheu Thai Party|
7 December 2008 – 3 October 2012
|Preceded by||Suchart Thadathamrongwet|
|Succeeded by||Jarupong Ruangsuwan|
July 15, 1942 |
Surat Thani, Thailand
|Political party||Pheu Thai Party|
|Alma mater||Chulalongkorn University, NIDA|
Yongyuth Wichaidit (Thai: ยงยุทธ วิชัยดิษฐ; born July 15, 1942 in Surat Thani) is a Thai politician (Pheu Thai Party). He is the younger brother of Democrat politician Thawat Wichaidit. Yongyuth holds a bachelor's degree in Political science of Chulalongkorn University and a master's degree of National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).
Yongyuth was high-rank public servant, served as Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Interior, director-general of the Department of Lands, chairman of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Government Lottery Office.
His political functions include assistant minister to Sudarat Keyuraphan, TRT-Health Minister under Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (2003–05) and advisor to Minister of Interior Kowit Wattana in Somchai Wongsawat's PPP-led government (2008), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the government of Yingluck Shinawatra.
7 December 2008, Yongyuth Wichaidit was elected to leader of Pheu Thai (For Thai) Party, the main governing party and successor to the dissolved People's Power Party, which is close to ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin. He followed interim leader Suchart Thadathamrongwet in office. On 9 September 2010, Yongyuth announced to resign from the post to clear place for Kowit Wattana, but the voting party members asked him to carry on the leadership.
After his Pheu Thai Party won 2011 general election, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the government of Yingluck Shinawatra on 9 August 2011 and resigned in 28 September 2012. His resignation is effective on 1 October 2012. He also resigned from MP and Pheu Thai Party's leader on 4 October 2012.
- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
- "Yongyuth Wichaidit elected as new Pheu Thai leader". The Nation (Bangkok). 7 December 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- "Yongyuth steps down as PT leader". Bangkok Post. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- "Yongyuth resigns from cabinet". Bangkok Post. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth resigns". The Nation (Bangkok). 4 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.