Ruangroj Mahasaranon

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Ruangroj Mahasaranon
Born (1946-03-28) 28 March 1946 (age 73)
Bangkok, Thailand
Allegiance Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
RankRTA OF-9 (General).svg General
Commands heldSupreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Commander-in-Chief

General Ruangroj Mahasaranon (born 28 March 1946; Thai: เรืองโรจน์ มหาศรานนท์) is a retired Thai army officer. From 2005 to 2006 he was the Supreme Commander of the Headquarters of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Following the 2006 Thailand coup d'état, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra attempted to put Ruangroj in power until Thaksin returned.[1] However, Ruangroj was later named the Chief Advisor to the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM).[2] In August 2006, Ruangroj visited junta leader Than Shwe in Myanmar, ostensibly to discuss border issues.[3]

In August 2007, he surprised everyone – especially the junta – by his new political career as one of vice-leaders of People's Power Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lesser of two evils". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 23, 2006. Archived from the original on August 30, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2006.
  2. ^ "Thailand Coup as it unfolds". Travel Video Television News. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20.
  3. ^ DefenseNews.com: Thai Military Chief Visits Myanmar
Preceded by
New Position
Chief Advisor to the CDRM
September 20, 2006—September 29, 2006
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gen. Chaiyasit Shinawatra
Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces
October 1, 2005—September 30, 2006
Succeeded by
Gen. Boonsrang Naimpradit