Korn Dabbaransi

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Korn Dabbaransi
กร ทัพพะรังสี
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
5 March 2002 – 8 November 2003
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
In office
5 October 1998 – 9 November 2000
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai
In office
25 November 1996 – 9 November 1997
Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
10 March 2004 – 1 August 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Personal details
Born 14 September 1945
Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Thai Nation Party (1974–92, 2007–08)
Pracharaj (2007)
Thai Rak Thai (2003–07)
National Development (1992-2003)
Alma mater University of Massachusetts

Korn Dabbaransi (Thai: กร ทัพพะรังสี, rtgsKon Thappharangsi, alternatively transcribed as Thapparangsi or Dabaransi, Thai pronunciation: [kɔːn tʰáppʰáraŋsǐː]; born 14 September 1945) is a Thai politician. He was the leader of the National Development Party from 1998 to 2003. Korn served as Vice Prime Minister and as minister in several governments.

Family and education[edit]

Korn Dapparansi is a nephew of former Thai prime minister Chatichai Choonhavan.[1] He has graduated from the University of Massachusetts.[2]

Political career[edit]

He entered politics in 1974, representing the Thai Nation Party of his uncles Chatichai and Pramarn Adireksarn. Korn served as Deputy Minister of Industry in the government of General Prem Tinsulanonda from 1986 to 1988.[3] He was a minister to the Office of Prime Minister in his uncle Chatichai's cabinet from 1990 to 1991.[4] After the military coup d'état of 1991, he was again Minister to the Office of Prime Minister in the short-lived military-backed government of Suchinda Kraprayoon.[5] After the events of the Black May 1992, that toppled the Suchinda administration, he left the Thai Nation Party and founded the National Development Party, together with Chatichai.[6]

In December 1994, Korn was again appointed Minister to the Office of Prime Minister by Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, he held that position until the government lost its majority in 1995.[7] In Chavalit Yongchaiyudh's coalition government, Korn held the position of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry from 1996 to 1997.[8] In 1998, Korn took over the chairmanship of the National Development Party from Chatichai. In October of that year, he was made Deputy Prime Minister again under Chuan Leekpai, holding the public health portfolio additionally.[9]

In the succeeding cabinet of Thaksin Shinawatra, Korn was again Deputy Prime Minister from March 2002 to November 2003, when Thaksin dropped the National Development Party from his coalition. Thereupon Korn defected to the Prime Minister's Thai Rak Thai Party.[10] He was called up to the cabinet as Minister of Science and Technology again in March 2004, serving until August 2005.[11][12]

In 2007, Korn left Thai Rak Thai for the Royalist People's Party (Pracharaj) of Sanoh Thienthong, became deputy leader, but resigned from the party in October of the same year, to re-join the Thai Nation Party after 15 years.[13]

Other offices[edit]

Korn was the president of the International Badminton Federation (IBF).[2] He has been the chairman of the Thai-Chinese Friendship Association since 2002.[14]


  1. ^ Ueda, Yoko (2000), "The Entrepreneurs of Khorat", Money & power in provincial Thailand, NIAS Publishing, p. 182 
  2. ^ a b Co-Chairman: Korn Dabbaransi – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, retrieved on 22 March 2012
  3. ^ Assembly XLIV, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  4. ^ Assembly XLVI, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  5. ^ Assembly XLVIII, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  6. ^ Maisrikrod, Surin (1992), Thailands Two General Elections in 1992: Democracy Sustained, Institute of South East Asian Studies, p. 7 
  7. ^ Assembly L, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  8. ^ Assembly LII, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  9. ^ Assembly LIII, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  10. ^ Connors, Michael Kelly (2006), "Thaksin's Thailand: Thai Politics in 2003-04", Thailand's Economic Recovery, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, p. 32 
  11. ^ Assembly LIV, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  12. ^ Assembly LV, The Cabinet, retrieved 22 March 2012
  13. ^ Mr. Korn quits Pracharaj to join Chart Thai, NNT National News Bureau of Thailand, 31 October 2007, retrieved 22 March 2012 
  14. ^ Guangyong, Sun (22 June 2011), "Thai diplomat: CPC serves people", People's Daily Online, retrieved 22 March 2012