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22 April 2011 :: 13:04:52 pm 53032

Former MP, Somchai Sunthornwat, Has Passed Away

Thailand’s former Minister of Democrat and Thai Rak Thai governments, Somchai Sunthornwat has passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 72, suffering from pancreatic cancer.
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His funeral will be held at his home in Saraburi where her served as a MP for many terms.

Mr. Sunthornwat was born on January 22, 1939 in Prachin Buri.   He was an older brother of the 1996 assassinated Saengchai Sunthornwat, who was the late director general of the Mass Communication Organisation of Thailand (MCOT), or now known as MCOT Plc.

Mr. Sunthornwat started his political career in 1977 as the mayor of Nong Khae municipality in Saraburi, followed by becoming the chairman of Saraburi Chamber of Commerce during 1984-1987.

In 1992 he was elected as Member of Parliament representing Saraburi under the Democrat Party.   He later represented the province in the subsequent general elections.

In 1997, Mr. Sunthornwat was appointment as the deputy minister of agriculture and cooperatives in the second Chuan Leekpai government.

Mr. Sunthornwat was one of the key founders of the now-separated Thai Rak Thai party.  He was selected as the deputy leader of Thai Rak Thai in 2004.   In the following year, he became the deputy interior minister in the Thaksin Shinawatra government.

Mr. Sunthornwat later joined political activities with fugitive former premier Thaksin.

Mr. Sunthornwat was one of the 111 former executives of Thai Rak Thai who were banned from politics for five years following the dissolution of the party in May 2007 due to violations of electoral laws during the 2006 elections.

Somchai Sunthornwat, pancreatic cancer, passed away, Thai Rak Thai, Member of Parliament, Saraburi

Credit by: www.mcot.net

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