Sukhumbhand Paribatra

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Sukhumbhand Paribatra
สุขุมพันธุ์ บริพัตร
Sukhumbhand Paribatra01.jpg
Sukhumbhand Paribatra in 2009
Governor of Bangkok
In office
11 January 2009 – 18 October 2016
Preceded byApirak Kosayothin
Succeeded byAswin Kwanmuang
Personal details
Born (1953-09-22) 22 September 1953 (age 68)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political partyDemocrat Party
  • Nuchwadi Bamrungtrakul (div.)
  • Savitri Paribatra na Ayudhya
Alma mater

Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paribatra (Thai: ม.ร.ว.สุขุมพันธุ์ บริพัตร; RTGSSukhumphan Boriphat, Thai pronunciation: [sùʔkʰǔmpʰan bɔːríʔpʰát]; born 22 September 1953) is a Thai politician belonging to the Democrat Party. From 2009 to 2016 he was the Governor of Bangkok. He was removed from the post in October 2016 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who used Section 44 of the interim charter to remove the elected official. The reason given for his ouster was "...because he was involved in many legal cases."[1] He was replaced by Police General Aswin Kwanmuang.[2]


Sukhumbhand was born in Bangkok to Prince Sukhumabhinan and his commoner wife, Mom Dusadi Na Thalang. Prince Sukhumabhinan was himself a son of Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, the Prince of Nakhon Sawan, a son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) with his Queen Consort Sukumalmarsri and an important minister of the royal government from 1926 until the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. Sukhumbhand was a first cousin once removed or nephew of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (because Bhumibol's father Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and his paternal grandfather, Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu are half-brothers, while Prince Sukhumabhinanda was an indirect first cousin of Bhumibol), in addition to being related to the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his sisters as a second-degree cousin. The title Mom Rajawongse reflects his royal descent as a great-grandchild of a monarch. Sukhumbhand is divorced from Nuchwadi Bamrungtrakul. His second wife is Savitri Paribatra na Ayudhya. He has two sons, one from each marriage.

Since 1986, Sukhumbhand has chaired the not-for-profit Chumbhot-Pantip Foundation.[3]

Education and academic career[edit]

Sukhumbhand attended Cheam School and Rugby School in England. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the Pembroke College of University of Oxford, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1977. He added post-graduate studies of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, which he completed with a master's degree.[3]

From 1980 to 1996, he worked as an associate professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. From 1987 to 1995, he directed the university's Institute of Security and International Studies. He served as advisor to the Thai House of Representatives' committee on foreign relations from 1987 to 1992, as policy advisor to Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan from 1988 to 1989, and as advisor to the house committee on parliamentary affairs from 1989 to 1991. From 1992 to 1993, he chaired the Ministry of Commerce's advisory board on international trade. He has taught as a visiting professor at Georgetown University and Columbia University.[3] Sukhumbhand was a member of the Asia Society International Council and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Political career[edit]

Poster for Sukhumbhand's 2009 electoral campaign

Sukhumbhand started his political career in the short-lived Nam Thai Party of which he was a founding member in 1994. He soon switched over to the Democrat Party. He was elected member of parliament for Bangkok in 1996 and 2001.

In 1999, when he was deputy foreign minister, he volunteered with a couple other Thai officials to take the place of 82 hostages taken at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok by armed gunmen from the "Virulent Burmese Student Warriors". All of the hostages were released unhurt because Sukhumbhand went in the helicopter with the gunmen so they would release all the hostages.[4]

From 1997 to 2001, he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs. From 2002 to 2004, he chaired of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. From 2005 to 2008, he was the deputy secretary-general of the Democrat Party. In 2007, he was re-elected to parliament on the party list.[3]

Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin stepped down in late 2008, after the National Anti-Corruption Commission initiated proceedings against him. In the 11 January 2009 election, Sukhumbhand was elected his successor by a large margin, winning 45 percent of votes cast.[5] After four years in office, he was re-elected on 3 March 2013.[6] On 24 August 2016, he was suspended indefinitely by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.[7]

Royal decorations[edit]

Sukhumbhand has received the following royal decorations in the Honours System of Thailand:



  1. ^ "Sukhumbhand says goodbye to Bangkokians". Bangkok Post. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ Sankam, Visarut (18 October 2016). "ด่วน! ใช้ม.44 ให้สุขุมพันธุ์และทีมรองฯพ้นจากตำแหน่ง ตั้งอัศวิน ขวัญเมือง เป็นผู้ว่าฯกทม". Matichon. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "M.R.Sukhumbhand Paribatra, new Governor of Bangkok". Thailand Observers. 11 January 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ "World: Asia-Pacific Embassy gunmen flee". BBC. 2 October 1999. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Sukhumbhand vows to serve all sections". The Nation. 12 January 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Sukhumbhand wins, Pheu Thai concedes defeat". Bangkok Post. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Thai PM suspends Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand". Asian News Network. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

Further reading[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Bangkok
Succeeded by