Chai Chidchob

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Chai Chidchob
ชัย ชิดชอบ
Chai Chidchob (2009)
Speaker of the House of Representatives
and President of the National Assembly of Thailand
In office
15 May 2008 – 10 May 2011
Preceded by Yongyut Tiyapairach
Succeeded by Somsak Kiatsuranont
Personal details
Born (1928-04-05) April 5, 1928 (age 89)
Buriram, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Bhumjaithai Party
Alma mater Ramkhamhaeng University
Religion Buddhism

Chai Chidchob (5 April 1928- ) has been the President of the National Assembly of Thailand and the Speaker of the House of Representatives since 15 May 2008. He began his career in politics by being appointed as a kamnan in Buriram Province and became known by many locals as "Kamnan Chai".

His first experience in national politics began in 1957. Chai contested a seat as a Democrat Party candidate in Surin, but failed to get elected. In 1969, he ran in Buriram as an independent candidate and managed to win. He was then re-elected many times. In 2007 Chai was elected to the National Assembly of Thailand as a People's Power Party representative, however, he was previously affiliated with many political parties, including Justice Unity Party, Chart Thai Party, Solidarity and Thai Rak Thai.

He is married to La-ong. They have five sons and one daughter. One of Chai's sons is Newin Chidchob, a powerful politician in the lower northeastern region. The PPP nomination of Chai as the house speaker is partly credited to Newin. He is a great admirer of Israeli politician and soldier Moshe Dayan, sometimes even calling himself "Chai Moshe".[1]


  1. ^ "Chai Chidchob factfile". The Nation. May 13, 2008. Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2008.