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Wannarat Channukul ( th, วรรณรัตน์ ชาญนุกูล, ; born 8 March 1949 in
Nakhon Ratchasima Nakhon Ratchasima ( th, นครราชสีมา, ) is one of the four major cities of Isan, Thailand, known as the "big four of Isan". The city is commonly known as Korat (, ), a shortened form of its name. It is the governmental seat of ...
) is a Thai physician and politician. He is the leader of the
Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party The Chart Pattana Party ( th, พรรคชาติพัฒนา, en, National Development Party) is a Thailand, Thai list of political parties in Thailand, political party. In 2007 Thai general election, the chairman of the party is Wannar ...
. From 2008 to 2011, he was Minister of Energy in the Abhisit cabinet, cabinet of Abhisit Vejjajiva. and from 2011 to 2012 Minister of Industry in the Cabinet of Thailand, cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra.


Early life and education

Wannarat Channukul studied medicine at Chulalongkorn University, graduating with an MD, and law at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, graduating with an LLB. He continued his education at the University of Hawaii, receiving a Professional degrees of public health, Master of Public Health degree. Subsequently, he worked as a doctor at Maharaj Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital.


Political careers

In 1992, Wannarat was elected to the parliament to represent Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the National Development Party (Thailand), National Development Party. He was re-elected five times. From 2004 to 2007 he belonged to the Thai Rak Thai Party of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, until the government was overthrown by the military and the Constitutional Court banned the party. Wannarat's political faction merged with the Thais United party to form the Thais United National Development Party. He became Minister for Energy in Somchai Wongsawat's government for three months, until the minor parties broke their coalition with the People's Power Party (Thailand), People's Power Party and elected Abhisit Vejjajiva prime minister. Nevertheless, Wannarat stayed in office. Before the 2011 Thai general election, 2011 general election, he merged his United National Development Party with the Puea Pandin Party to form the
Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party The Chart Pattana Party ( th, พรรคชาติพัฒนา, en, National Development Party) is a Thailand, Thai list of political parties in Thailand, political party. In 2007 Thai general election, the chairman of the party is Wannar ...
, which he now chairs. After the 2011 Thai general election, 2011 election, Wannarat Channukul led the party into coalition with the successful Pheu Thai Party and was appointed Ministry of Industry (Thailand), Minister of Industry in Yingluck Shinawatra's cabinet on 9 August 2011. In January 2012, he resigned for health reasons. In the 18 January cabinet reshuffle, he was replaced by MR Pongsavas Svasti.


Personal life

Wannarat is married to Temsiri Channukul, who is a high school teacher, and the sister of Lt. Poonpirom Liptapanlop, Wannarat's predecessor as Minister of Energy. Poonpirom is married to Suwat Liptapanlop, who is a Chart Pattana Puea Pandin politician. Wannarat and Temsiri Channukul have one son.


Royal decorations

Wannarat Channukul has been decorated with the special class of both the Order of the White Elephant and the Order of the Crown of Thailand.


References

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