Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan

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Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan
นิวัฒน์ธำรง บุญทรงไพศาล

Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan at Ministerial Conference 2013 crop.jpg
Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
7 May 2014 – 22 May 2014
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
Preceded byYingluck Shinawatra
Succeeded byPrayut Chan-o-cha
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
30 June 2013 – 22 May 2014
Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra
Minister of Commerce
In office
30 June 2013 – 22 May 2014
Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra
Preceded byBoonsong Teriyapirom
Succeeded byChatchai Sarikalya
Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister
In office
18 January 2012 – 30 June 2013
Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra
Personal details
Born (1948-01-25) 25 January 1948 (age 71)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political partyPheu Thai Party
Spouse(s)Boonphatcharee Boonsongpaisan
Alma materSrinakharinwirot University
Chulalongkorn University

Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (Thai: นิวัฒน์ธำรง บุญทรงไพศาล, RTGSNiwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, IPA: [ní.wát.tʰam.roŋ bun.soŋ.pʰaj.sǎːn]; born 25 January 1948) is a Thai businessman and politician who served as the acting Prime Minister of Thailand following Yingluck Shinawatra's removal from office by the Constitutional Court of Thailand on 7 May 2014 until his deposition in a coup d'état three weeks after taking office.[1] Before becoming acting premier, he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, and before that managed the country's rice pledging scheme.[2][3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Niwatthamrong was born on 25 January 1948. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from Srinakharinwirot University and a master's degree in computer science from Chulalongkorn University and is married to Boonphatcharee Boonsongpaisan. [1]

Business career[edit]

A close business associate of Thaksin Shinawatra, Niwatthamrong served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee-Media and Advertising front of Shin Corporation since 1995 and as Vice-Chairman since 2000.[1] He served from 2001 to 2002 as Vice-Chairman of iTV and from 1993 to 1995, director of that company between 2002 and 2008, and a member of the board of directors between 2008 and 16 March 2010.[1]

Political career[edit]

Niwatthamrong served as director of the controversial rice pledging scheme, where rice was bought at inflated prices from farmers and subsequently was left to rot due to lack of buyers.[3] On 30 June 2013 he was appointed Minister of Commerce and a deputy prime minister in the cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra.[citation needed]

Acting Prime Minister[edit]

On 7 May 2014, Niwatthamrong became acting Prime Minister following the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several members of her cabinet from office.[2] On 22 May 2014 he was himself removed from office following a military coup.


  1. ^ a b c d "Executive Profile: Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Court removes Thai PM from office, deputy Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan appointed caretaker". The Daily Star. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Pramotmaneerat, Thammarat (1 July 2013). "Newly-appointed Commerce Minister not worried about rice pledging program". Thai Financial Post. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Yingluck Shinawatra
Prime Minister of Thailand

Succeeded by
Prayuth Chan-ocha