Pongpol Adireksarn

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Pongpol Adireksarn
ปองพล อดิเรกสาร
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
17 February 2001 – 11 March 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
27 March 1992 – 15 June 1992
Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon
Preceded by Arsa Sarasin
Succeeded by Arsa Sarasin
Personal details
Born (1904-02-23)23 February 1904
Saraburi, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Thai Rak Thai Party
Spouse(s) Thida Adireksarn
Alma mater Lehigh University
American University
Profession politician, writer


Pongpol Adireksarn (born March 23, 1942, Thai: ปองพล อดิเรกสาร) is a Thai politician of the Thai Rak Thai party. Using the pen name Paul Adirex he is also an author of several novels.

Adireksarn received a BA from Lehigh University in 1964, and an MA from the American University in 1966. Upon returning to Thailand, he took a position at the Department of Economic Relations Ministry of Economic Affairs, followed by a position in the Thai Department of Central Intelligence.

Between 1973 and 1991, Adireksarn worked in the private sector with such positions as Managing Director of Royal Mosaic Exports Co., Ltd., President of Thailand Leatherwork Co., Ltd., and President of Express Transport Organization.

Pongpol's father, Pramarn Adireksarn, was one of the co-founders of the Thai Nation Party, as well as a brother-in-law of former Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan. Pongpol's brother Yongyol was also a politician.[1]

Political appointments[edit]

  • 1983 - 1986 Member of Parliament, Saraburi
  • 1992 - 1992 Member of Parliament, Saraburi, and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1995 - 1996 Member of Parliament, Saraburi and Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister
  • 1996 - 2000 Member of Parliament, Saraburi and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • 2002 - 2003 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Education

Royal decorations[edit]

  • Order of the Crown of Thailand - 1st Class (Thailand) ribbon.png Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
  • Order of the White Elephant - 1st Class (Thailand) ribbon.png Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
  • Order of the Crown of Thailand - Special Class (Thailand) ribbon.png Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
  • Order of the White Elephant - Special Class (Thailand) ribbon.png Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

Writing career[edit]

After losing the 1992 election and being out of politics temporarily, he started writing novels. He chose to use a pen name as he considered his Thai name to be to difficult for a foreign readership.[2]

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