Thawi Bunyaket

Last updated on 13 November 2017

Thawi Bunyaket (10 November 1904 – 3 November 1971, Thai: ทวี บุณยเกตุ, Thawee Bunyaget) was a Thai politician and the prime minister for a short term.

After studying at the King's College, University of Cambridge and the École nationale supérieure d'Agronomie de Grignon (France), he started to work as a government official at the Thai Ministry of Agriculture. On 24 June 1932 he joined the coup group of the 1932 coup, the People's Party. He became secretary general in the cabinet of Field Marshal Phibunsongkhram, and Minister of Education in the cabinet of Khuang Abhaiwongse. When Khuang resigned directly after the end of World War II, he was elected as prime minister on 31 August 1945 and formed the 12th Thai administration. However he was only chosen because the preferred candidate Seni Pramoj, chief of the Free Thai Movement, wasn't available. Seventeen days after his election, on 17 September, he resigned to free the post for Seni Pramoj.

Later he became president of the constitutional drafting committee in the government of Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat.

Thawi Bunyaket
ทวี บุณยเกตุ
Tawee Boonyaket.jpg
5th Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
31 August 1945 – 17 September 1945
Monarch Ananda Mahidol
Preceded by Khuang Abhaiwongse
Succeeded by Seni Pramoj
Personal details
Born 10 November 1904
Kantang, Trang, Siam
Died 3 November 1971 (aged 66)
Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Khana Ratsadon
Other political
Free Thai Movement
Spouse(s) Amphasri Bunyaket
Alma mater King's College
University of Cambridge
École nationale supérieure d'Agronomie de Grignon
Signature of Tawee Bonyaket.svg


Political offices
Preceded by
Khuang Abhaiwongse
Prime Minister of Thailand
Succeeded by
Seni Pramoj

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