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Leader of the Opposition (Thailand)

Leader of the Opposition

since 9 December 2013
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
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The Leader of the Opposition (Thai: ผู้นำฝ่ายค้านในสภาผู้แทนราษฎร; rtgsPhu Nam Fai Khan Nai Sapha Phu Thaen Ratsadon) is the politician in the politics of Thailand who leads the main minority party in the House of Representatives of Thailand. Following the Westminster style parliamentary system, Thailand has had an official Leader of the Opposition since 1975. Under the 2007 Constitution of Thailand the Leader of the Opposition was given an official role within the Thai political system. The constitution stipulates that the Leader of the Opposition must be selected after the Prime Minister and the Cabinet has taken office.

To be nominated as candidate one must be the leader of the largest political party with no member holding any ministerial positions and if his or her party holds more or one-fifth (96 seats) of the seats in the House (480 seats). If no candidate meets this qualification then a leader of a minority party with the largest number of votes from parties with no members holding ministerial positions will be selected. The appointment will then be formalized by the King of Thailand.

The Leader of the Opposition also has other roles apart from leading the Shadow Cabinet of Thailand, he is also an ex-officio member of several selection committees for: Constitutional Court Judges, Election Commissioners, Ombudsmen and commissioners of the National Counter Corruption Commission and members of the State Audit Commission.

Colour key
(for political parties)

List of Leaders of the Opposition

Picture Name
Term Start Term Ends Time in office Political party
1 Mom Rajawongse Seni Pramoj
22 March 1975 12 January 1976 296 days Democrat Party
Pramarn Adireksarn
24 May 1983 1 May 1986 2 years, 342 days Thai Nation Party
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
15 May 1992 16 June 1992 32 days New Aspiration Party
Pramarn Adireksarn
30 December 1992 7 May 1994 1 year, 128 days Thai Nation Party
4 Banharn Silpa-archa
27 May 1994 19 May 1995 357 days Thai Nation Party
Chuan Leekpai
4 August 1995 27 September 1996 2 years, 96 days Democrat Party
21 December 1996 8 November 1997
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
26 November 1997 12 January 1998 2 years, 156 days New Aspiration Party
2 September 1998 27 April 1999
12 May 1999 30 April 2000
Chuan Leekpai
11 March 2001 3 May 2003 2 years, 53 days Democrat Party
6 Banyat Bantadtan
23 May 2003 5 January 2005 1 year, 227 days Democrat Party
Abhisit Vejjajiva
23 April 2005 19 September 2006 3 years, 238 days Democrat Party
27 February 2008 17 December 2008
8 Chalerm Yubamrung
12 January 2009 5 August 2011 2 years, 205 days Pheu Thai Party
Abhisit Vejjajiva
6 August 2011 9 December 2013 2 years, 125 days Democrat Party

See also


  • สภาผู้แทนราษฎร :: ทำเนียบผู้นำฝ่ายค้าน
  • Pheu-Thai-Party-nominates-Chalerm-as-opposition-leader
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