Thawi Bunyaket

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Thawi Bunyaket
ทวี บุณยเกตุ
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5th Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
31 August 1945 – 17 September 1945
MonarchAnanda Mahidol
Preceded byKhuang Abhaiwongse
Succeeded bySeni Pramoj
Minister of Education
In office
1 August 1944 – 31 August 1945
Prime MinisterKhuang Abhaiwongse
Preceded bySindhu Kamolnavin
Succeeded byTri Trironnasarn
Personal details
Born(1904-11-10)10 November 1904
Kantang, Trang, Siam
Died3 November 1971(1971-11-03) (aged 66)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political partyKhana Ratsadon
Other political
Free Thai Movement
Spouse(s)Amphasri Bunyaket
Alma materKing's College
University of Cambridge
École nationale supérieure d'Agronomie de Grignon

Thawi Bunyaket (also spelt Thawee Bunyaget; Thai: ทวี บุณยเกตุ, pronounced [tʰā.wīː būn.jā.kèːt]; 10 November 1904 – 3 November 1971) was a Thai politician and the prime minister for a short term.

After studying at the King's College, University of Cambridge and the École nationale supérieure d'Agronomie de Grignon (France), he started to work as a government official at the Thai Ministry of Agriculture. On 24 June 1932 he joined the coup group of the 1932 coup, the People's Party. He became secretary general in the cabinet of Field Marshal Phibunsongkhram, and Minister of Education in the cabinet of Khuang Abhaiwongse. When Khuang resigned directly after the end of World War II, he was elected as prime minister on 31 August 1945 and formed the 12th Thai administration. However he was only chosen because the preferred candidate Seni Pramoj, chief of the Free Thai Movement, wasn't available. Seventeen days after his election, on 17 September, he resigned to free the post for Seni Pramoj.

Later he became president of the constitutional drafting committee in the government of Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat.

Honours and awards[edit]

Civil Service of Siam rank[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Khuang Abhaiwongse
Prime Minister of Thailand
Succeeded by
Seni Pramoj