Chatichai Choonhavan - age: 78

Chatichai Choonhavan

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Chatichai Choonhavan was a Thai army officer, diplomat and politician. From 1986 to 1991, he was the chairman of the Thai Nation Party and served as the Prime Minister of Thailand from August 1988 to February 1991, being the first democratically elected head of government after 12 years of dictatorship and "semi-democracy". After the 1992 Black May, he founded the National Development Party and was again elected in his constituency in Nakhon Ratchasima.

BEFORE FAME

Chatichai was the only son of Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan and Khunying Wibhulak Choonhavan. His father was the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army and exerted a strong impact on the country's politics and economy. In 1940, he entered active military service as second lieutenant and platoon leader in the "cavalry" (i.e. tank force), assigned to the Phayap Army ("Northwest Army") under the command of his father during World War II.

PERSONAL LIFE

Chatichai married Boonruen Sopoj, a relative and confidante of Princess Mother Srinagarindra (the mother of kings Ananda Mahidol and Bhumibol Adulyadej). Chatichai and Boonruen had a son, political scientist, social activist and former Senator Kraisak Choonhavan; and a daughter, Wanee Hongpraphas.

FUN FACTS

Army Officer Chatichai Choonhavan were born on Monday, in a leap year, birthstone is Diamond, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of Monkey, it is 90 days until Chatichai Choonhavan next birthday.

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