Yongyuth Wichaidit

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Yongyuth Wichaidit
ยงยุทธ วิชัยดิษฐ

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
9 August 2011 – 30 September 2012
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Minister of Interior
In office
9 August 2011 – 30 September 2012
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Preceded by Chaovarat Chanweerakul
Succeeded by Charupong Ruangsuwan
Leader of Pheu Thai Party
In office
7 December 2008 – 3 October 2012
Preceded by Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech
Succeeded by Charupong Ruangsuwan
Personal details
Born (1942-07-15) July 15, 1942 (age 75)
Surat Thani, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Pheu Thai Party
Alma mater Chulalongkorn University, NIDA
Profession Politician
Civil servant

Yongyuth Wichaidit (Thai: ยงยุทธ วิชัยดิษฐ; born July 15, 1942 in Surat Thani) is a Thai politician (Pheu Thai Party). He is the younger brother of Democrat politician Thawat Wichaidit. Yongyuth holds a bachelor's degree in Political science of Chulalongkorn University and a master's degree of National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

Yongyuth was high-rank public servant, served as Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Interior, director-general of the Department of Lands, chairman of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Government Lottery Office.

His political functions include assistant minister to Sudarat Keyuraphan, TRT-Health Minister under Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (2003–05) and advisor to Minister of Interior Kowit Wattana in Somchai Wongsawat's PPP-led government (2008), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

On 7 December 2008, Yongyuth Wichaidit was elected to leader of Pheu Thai (For Thai) Party,[1] the main governing party and successor to the dissolved People's Power Party, which is close to ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin. He followed interim leader Suchart Thadathamrongwet in office. On 9 September 2010, Yongyuth announced to resign from the post to clear place for Kowit Wattana,[2] but the voting party members asked him to carry on the leadership.

After his Pheu Thai Party won 2011 general election, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the government of Yingluck Shinawatra on 9 August 2011 and resigned on 28 September 2012. His resignation is effective on 1 October 2012.[3][4] He also resigned from MP and Pheu Thai Party's leader on 4 October 2012.[5] Prior to resignations he was accused of illegal land sale[6] endorsements and later was found guilty by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of misfeasance. According to the Bangkok Post, even prime minister asked him to resign.[7]

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  1. ^ "Yongyuth Wichaidit elected as new Pheu Thai leader". The Nation. Bangkok. December 7, 2008. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yongyuth steps down as PT leader". Bangkok Post. September 9, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yongyuth resigns from cabinet". Bangkok Post. September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Yongyuth has spared us all from a mega-headache". The Nation. October 3, 2012. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth resigns". The Nation. Bangkok. October 4, 2012. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Yongyuth's MP status questioned". Bangkok Post. January 10, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Veera Prateepchaikul (September 28, 2012). "Highlights of the week". Bangkok Post. Retrieved August 25, 2014.