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  Chuan Leekpai  
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Name: Chuan Leekpai
Date of Birth: 28 July 1938
Place of Birth: Muang District, Trang Province
Religion: Buddhist
Nationality: Thai
Profession: Lawyer
Position: 20th Prime Minister of Thailand
In Office: 20 September 1992 – 19 May 1995 (first term)
9 November 1997 - 9 February 2001 (second term)
Education: • Trang Withya High School, Trang
• B.A. (Law) Thammasat University
• Barrister-at-Law (Master's Degree), Thai Bar Association
• Ph.D. (Honorary) Political Science, Ramkhamhaeug University, Bangkok
• Ph.D. (Honorary) Political Science, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok
Background: • Member of the House of Representatives
• Deputy Minister of Justice (1975)
• Minister to the Prime Minister's Office (1976)
• Minister of Justice (1980)
• Minister of Commerce (1981)
• Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives (1982-1983)
• Minister of Education (1983-1986)
• Speaker of the House of Representatives (1986-1988)
• Minister of Public Health (1988-1989)
• Deputy Prime Minister (1989-1990)
• Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives (1990-1991)
• Prime Minister of Thailand (1992-1995)
• Prime Minister (1997-2001)
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20th Prime Minister of Thailand

Chuan Leekpai was the third child with nine siblings in the middle-class family residing in Trang province in the south of Thailand. Son of a schoolteacher, Chuan graduated from Thammasat University in 1962 with a law degree. He worked as a lawyer and in 1964 became a member of the Thai Bar Association.

Later in 1985, Chuan received his Honorary Doctorate (Political Science) from Srinakarinwirot University, and in 1988, Honorary Doctorate (Political Science) from Ramkhamhaeng University.

In 1969, Chuan was elected to the Parliament as representative of Trang province for the first time. Since then, he has been elected for 11 terms: 1969, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1992 (2 terms), 1995, 1996.

He served in various capacities in the government and in 1991 he became the Leader of the Democratic Party. In elections held in September 1992, after the bloody and abortive coup by General Suchinda Kraprayoon, an anti-military pro-democracy coalition of parties, led by Chuan Leekpai of the Democratic Party, won a majority of seats by a narrow margin. Chuan became Thailand's first prime minister to come to power without either aristocratic or military backing or background.

In 1995, Chuan lost elections and served as the leader of the opposition. In late 1997, following the Asian Financial Crisis, and the fall of the Chavalit Yongchaiyut administration he returned to power. The Democrats had lost popular support by 2000, mainly due to the way they handle the country's economy, in compliance to the restrictions imposed by IMF.

In 2001, after the Thai Rak Thai party led by Thaksin Shinawatra won in the national parliamentary elections (with some help of Thaksin’s "anti-IMF rhetoric"), Chuan once again became a leader of the opposition. And later in 2003, Chuan stepped down as the Leader of the Democrat Party, giving way to his protιgι Abhisit Vejjajiva. Currently, Chuan is the Democrat Party Chief Adviser.



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