Prayut Chan-o-cha

Prime Minister of Thailand since 2014

General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Thai: ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา; born 21 March 1954) is a former Thai army officer and is the disputed Prime Minister of Thailand. He is a former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.[1]

Prayut Chan-o-cha

ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา
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Prayut in 2018
29th Prime Minister of Thailand
Assumed office
22 May 2014
Acting: 22 May 2014 – 24 August 2014
Suspended: 24 August 2022 – present
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Preceded byNiwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (Acting)
Succeeded byPrawit Wongsuwan
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
10 July 2019
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byPrawit Wongsuwan
Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order
In office
22 May 2014 – 16 July 2019
Appointed byBhumibol Adulyadej
DeputyPrawit Wongsuwan
Thanasak Patimaprakorn
Narong Pipathanasai
Prajin Juntong
Adul Sangsingkeo
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army
In office
1 October 2010 – 30 September 2014
Preceded byAnupong Paochinda
Succeeded byUdomdej Sitabutr
Personal details
Born (1954-03-21) 21 March 1954 (age 69)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Palang Pracharath Party (2018–present)
EducationNational Defence College
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Signature (English)ลายเซ็นประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา ภาษาอังกฤษ.png
Military service
Allegiance Thailand
Branch/service Royal Thai Army
Years of service1976–2014
*Prawit Wongsuwan serves as acting PM during the suspension.

On 24 August, the Constitutional Court of Thailand suspended Prayut as prime minister, however Prayut still claims to be prime minister.[2] As the most senior deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan was made acting prime minister.[3]


  1. Prawit Wongsuwan became acting prime minister. Prayut Chan-o-cha remains as the prime minister of Thailand.


  1. Fredrickson, Terry (October 1, 2010). "Gen Prayuth takes command". Bangkok Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  2. "Prayuth Chan-ocha: Thai court suspends PM from office". BBC News. 2022-08-24. Retrieved 2022-08-24.
  3. "Thai court suspends PM Prayuth; Prawit made acting PM". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2022-08-24.