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Veteran politician passes away

Chai Chidchob, a former House Speaker and Member of Parliament, dies at his home aged 91

Former House Speaker Chai Chidchob passed away peacefully at his home in Buri Ram on Friday morning (January 24). He was 91.
Chai was one of the key names in Thai politics and a veteran politician who served in various important positions in the country including President of the National Assembly of Thailand and the Speaker of the House of Representatives from May 15, 2008 to May 10, 2011.
Chai was born on April 5, 1929 at Ban Pia Ram in tambon Pia Ram of Surin’s Muang district. He graduated from Mathayom 6 from Surawittayakan School in Surin.
He entered local politics by serving as a kamnan in Buriram’s Muang district while also operating a stone crushing mill in the town. His first experience in national politics came in 1957 when he ran for a MP seat as a Democrat Party candidate in Buri Ram but failed to get elected. He ran again, this time successfully, in 1969 and won several subsequent elections.
He was married to La-ong Chidchob and had five sons and one daughter. Two of Chai’s sons are well-known politicians – lower northeastern politician Newin Chidchob who is also chairman of Buriram United Football Club and Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob who serves as secretary-general to the Bhumjaithai Party.

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