Sontaya Kunplome

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Sontaya Kunplome
สนธยา คุณปลื้ม
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Minister of Culture
In office
28 October 2012 – 22 May 2014
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Preceded by Sukumol Kunplome
Succeeded by Veera Rojanapotrat
Minister of Tourism and Sports
In office
3 October 2002 – 10 March 2004
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Preceded by Somsak Thepsuthin
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
17 February 2001 – 3 October 2002
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Preceded by Arthit Ourairat
Succeeded by Pinit Jarusombat
Leader of Phalang Chon Party
Assumed office
10 March 2013
Personal details
Born (1963-10-10) 10 October 1963 (age 54)
Chonburi, Thailand
Political party Phalang Chon Party
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s) Sukumol Kunplome

Sontaya Kunplome (Thai: สนธยา คุณปลื้ม, RTGSSonthaya Khunpluem; born 10 December 1963) is a Thai politician. He is the son of Somchai Khunpluem ("Kamnan Poh").[1] From 2001 to 2002, Sontaya was Minister of Science and Technology, and from 2002 to 2005 Minister of Tourism and Sports under Thaksin Shinawatra.[2] As an executive member of the Thai Rak Thai Party, he has been banned from politics for five years since the Supreme Tribunal dissolved the party in May 2007.[3] Since 2011, he is the chief adviser[4] and de facto leader of the Phalang Chon Party.[5] Sontaya is married to Sukumol Kunplome who has been culture minister in Yingluck Shinawatra's cabinet since 2011.[6] Sontaya took over this position in nov 2012. [7]


  1. ^ "Prayoon Murder Case: Kamnan Poh On The Run", The Nation, retrieved 16 March 2012 
  2. ^ Assembly LIV, The secretariat of the Cabinet, retrieved on 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Ministers get ready for a fight as bans set to be lifted", The Nation, 8 March 2012 
  4. ^ "Kunplome family party hopes independence wins seats in July election", Pattaya Mail, 3 June 2011, retrieved 16 March 2012 
  5. ^ "Party leaders attend reconciliation lunchoen", The Nation, 6 January 2012 
  6. ^ "Reshuffle 'inevitable' after ban lift", Bangkok Post, 6 March 2012 
  7. ^ "CV", Cul Gov, Nov 2012