Banyat Bantadtan

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Banyat Bantadtan
บัญญัติ บรรทัดฐาน
Banyat Bantadtan 2010-04-01.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
11 April 2000 – 9 November 2000
Minister of Interior
In office
11 April 2000 – 9 November 2000
Preceded by Sanan Kachornprasart
Succeeded by Purachai Piamsomboon
Ministry of Science and Technology
In office
11 August 1986 – 3 August 1989
Preceded by Lek Nana
Succeeded by Prachuap Chaiyasan
Minister to the Office of
the Prime Minister
In office
7 May 1983 – 5 August 1986
Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda
Leader of the Democrat Party
In office
20 April 2003 – 4 March 2005
Preceded by Chuan Leekpai
Succeeded by Abhisit Vejjajiva
Leader of the Opposition
In office
23 May 2003 – 5 January 2005
Preceded by Chuan Leekpai
Succeeded by Abhisit Vejjajiva
Personal details
Born (1942-09-07) 7 September 1942 (age 74)
Surat Thani, Thailand
Political party Democrat Party
Spouse(s) Jittima Sangkasap
Alma mater Thammasat University
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Banyat Bantadtan (Thai: บัญญัติ บรรทัดฐาน; rtgsBanyat Banthatthan, born 15 May 1942) is a Thai politician. From 2003 to 2005, he was the chairman of the Democrat Party and official Leader of the Opposition against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Banyat Bantadtan was born in Kanchanadit, Surat Thani Province. A lawyer by training, he holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. In 1970, he became a lecturer for the Office of Accelerated Rural Development (ARD). In 1975, he was elected Member of Parliament for the first time. He was consistently re-elected in all subsequent elections until 2007.

Banyat was spokesman of the Democrat Party from 1979 to 1980. He was a cabinet member in the governments of General Prem Tinsulanonda, as deputy interior minister from 1980 to 1983,[1] Minister in the Office of Prime Minister from 1983 to 1986,[2] and as Minister of Science from 1986 to 1988.[3] Under his fellow party member Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, Banyat was Deputy Prime Minister from 1992 to 1995[4] and again in 2000, when he additionally led the Ministry of Interior.[5] In 2003, he succeeded Chuan as chairman of the Democrat Party and became official Leader of the Opposition. He stepped back after the electoral setback in 2005. The Thai Rak Thai Party of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had won the election by a landslide. The party chose Abhisit Vejjajiva as his successor.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
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