Somchai Wongsawat was born in Nakhon Si Thammarat. A 61-year-old bureaucrat, Somchai Wongsawat, was working all his life in the public and civil service in various offices of the judicial system.
Having married Yaowapha Shinawatra, Somchai Wongsawat became Thaksin's brother-in-law. In all likelihood, Somchai would never get on the "Who's Who" list, unless his influential relative.
Somchai became the Prime Minister of Thailand on 9 September 2008, upon the Constitutional Court's decision that the premiership of Samak Sundaravej had been terminated for his having been intermittently employed as the emcee of two cooking shows while in office, in violation of the law.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej issued a Royal Proclamation appointing Somchai as the 26th Prime Minister on 18 September 2008.
On 2 December 2008, Thailand's Constitutional Court disbanded the ruling People Power Party (PPP) after it was found guilty of vote fraud in the December 2007 election. The Court also barred the partys top leaders, including P.M. Somchai Wongsawat, from politics for five years.