Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, 22nd Prime Minister of Thailand, given speech at the Hmong Development Foundation event in Chiangmai, Thailand


(SHB) — Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, 22nd Prime Minister of Thailand, was the keynote speaker at the Hmong Development Foundation’s projects kickoff in Chiangmai, Thailand on December 06, 2014.
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a0Click here to watch Suab Hmong News exclusive covered the full speech of Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, 22nd Prime Minister of Thailand, on December 06, 2014. Note. The full speech is in Thai language version only.

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General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh (Thai ชวลิต ยงใจยุทธ, born May 15, 1932 in Nonthaburi) is a Thai politician and retired general. He was Thailand’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1996 to 1997.

Early political career:

Chavalit Yongchaiyudh is of Sino-Thai, Lao and Persian descent. From 1986 to 1990, he was Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army. He was one of the architects of the amnesty program that ended the insurgency of the Communist Party of Thailand. Under his leadership, the army started projects for rural development. These included the Isan Khiew programme in the underdeveloped North Eastern region and the New Hope programme in the conflict-ridden Southern provinces. For these projects he provided big businesses with lucrative contracts, including the leading agrobusiness corporation Charoen Pokphand (CP). Chavalit began his political career in 1988 as Defence Minister, with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, in the administration of Chatichai Choonhavan. He held that position until 1991. In 1990, he founded his own party, the New Aspiration Party. The party was backed by the CP group and its chairman Dhanin Chearavanont. He then served as Minister of Interior in the cabinet of Chuan Leekpai from 1992 to 1994, and was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in the government of Banharn Silpa-archa from 1995 to 1996.

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In late 1996, following the Royal Decree of Parliament Closure a general election was held. On November 16, 1996, Chavalit’s New Aspiration Party won the most seats. With the support of five coalition parties – Chart Pattana, Social Action, Thai Citizen, Seri Dhamma and Mass Citizen – Chavalit was appointed by royal decree as the 22nd Prime Minister on November 25, 1996. However, he encountered pressure from many political movements, who finally forced him to resign on November 6, 1997, in the midst to the Asian financial crisis.

During the early 1990s, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh controlled 126 military-run radio stations and two of the country’s five television networks. Chavalit agreed to make military stations available for an anti-AIDS campaign. He also agreed to help Meechai Viravaidya spearhead a three-year blitz to halt the spread of the disease.

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