73 Newly Appointed Senators Endorsed


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April 25, 2011



According to the Constitution of The Kingdom of Thailand, B.E. 2550 (2007), the 150-seat senate is made up of senators elected from 77 provinces in Thailand and 73 appointed senators. Senators serve terms of six years each and they are not allowed to apply for a second term.




Names of the 73 newly appointed senators has announced and endorsed by the Election Commission. All appointed senators were chosen by a selection of committee from candidates nominated to represent the academic, public, private and occupational sectors and others.


30 of the new appointed senators served in the previous group of appointed senators whose terms expired and were re-appointed. It is capable to appoint them since they had resigned before their term would be completed and this evaded the legal ban on serving consecutive terms.


Those new appointed senators are considered special interest, including Mr. Sak Korsaengruang, a former member of the Assets Scrutiny Committee,  General Thiradet Meepien, the former chief ombudsman, and General Somjate Boonthanom who worked under the Council for National Security (CNS) that ousted the Thaksin Shinawatra administration in the September 19, 2006 coup.


General Thiradet Meepian was also elected to be the new Senate Speaker with 91 votes and Chaiyabhum province senator Porthip Lohaveerachanratanapreeda was elected to be the new second deputy Senate Speaker by a majority vote of the upper house. She will replace Ms. Thassana Boonthong who resigned from the position.



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