Banharn Silpa-archa

Prime Minister of Thailand (1932-2016)

Banharn Silpa-archa (parts of his name also spelt variously Banhan, Silapa-, Sinlapa-, and -acha;[1][2] Thai: บรรหาร ศิลปอาชา, RTGS: Banhan Sinlapa-acha, Thai pronunciation: [banhǎːn sǐnláʔpàʔ aːt͡ɕʰaː], 19 August 1932 – 23 April 2016) was a Thai politician. He was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 1995 to 1996. Banharn made a fortune in the construction business before he became a Member of Parliament. He represented his home province of Suphanburi.

Banharn Silpa-Archa

บรรหาร ศิลปอาชา
Banharn Silpa-archa (cropped).jpg
21st Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
July 13, 1995 – November 24, 1996
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
Preceded byChuan Leekpai
Succeeded byChavalit Yongchaiyudh
Leader of the Opposition
In office
May 27, 1994 – May 19, 1995
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
Preceded byPramarn Adireksarn
Succeeded byChuan Leekpai
Personal details
Born19 August 1932
Suphanburi, Siam
Died23 April 2016(2016-04-23) (aged 83)
Political partyThai Nation Party
Spouse(s)Jamsai Silpa-archa
Professionbuilding contractor, politician

He held different cabinet posts in several governments. In 1994, he became the leader of the Thai Nation Party. In 2008, the party was dissolved by the Constitutional Court and Banharn has been banned from politics for five years.

Banharn died from an asthma attack on 23 April 2016 at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at the age of 83.[3][4]


  1. Biography at
  2. The Nation online search
  3. "บรรหาร ศิลปอาชา" ถึงแก่อนิจกรรมในวัย 83 ปี ปิดตำนาน"มังกรสุพรรณ" (in Thai), ASTV Manager
  4. "Former PM Banharn passes away at 83", The Nation, 23 April 2016, retrieved 23 April 2016