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Prajin Juntong (Thai: ประจิน จั่นตอง; born 7 March 1954) is the Minister of Justice, serving until 8 May 2019, and the deputy chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). He also holds the post of deputy prime minister. From 2012 to 2014 he was the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF).[1]

Prajin Juntong
ประจิน จั่นตอง
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Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
19 August 2014 – 8 May 2019
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Minister of Justice
In office
23 November 2017 – 8 May 2019
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Preceded bySuwaphan Tanyuvardhana
Succeeded bySomsak Thepsuthin
Minister of Transport
In office
30 August 2014 – 19 August 2015
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Preceded byChatchart Sitthiphan
Succeeded byArkhom Termpittayapaisith
Commander in Chief
of the Royal Thai Air Force
In office
1 October 2012 – 30 September 2014
Preceded byItthaporn Subhawong
Succeeded byTreetod Sonjance
Personal details
Born (1954-03-07) 7 March 1954 (age 65)
Phitsanulok, Thailand
NationalityThai
Spouse(s)Jintana Juntong
Signature
Military service
AllegianceThailand
Branch/serviceRoyal Thai Air Force
Years of service1974 - 2014

Life and careerEdit

 
Prajin at Cope Tiger 13 closing ceremony

Prajin attended Uttaradit School and Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (class 13). After graduating from Royal Thai Air Force Academy (class 20) and National Defence College of Thailand (class 48). He graduated with a Ph.D. Public Administration Branch from the Institute of Public Administration, College of Public Administration Rangsit University in 2013. Prajin, served as Chief of the Air Staff on 1 October 2009, before serving as Assistant Air Force Commander on 1 October 2011. On 1 October 2012, he was promoted to commander-in-chief of the air force in 2012.

Later on 21 February 2014, the Board of Directors of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited resolved to grant Prajin, who held the position the first Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors to the Chairman of the Board of Directors to replace Ampon Kittiampon, Secretary General to the Cabinet who resigned from being Chairman of the Board.[2]

Prajin was appointed Minister of Transport in the government of Prayut Chan-ocha and served as deputy chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order until August 2015, was adapted to assume the position of Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Office of the National Research Council.[3]

At the cabinet meeting on 13 September 2016, it was resolved to appoint Prajin as Deputy Prime Minister to oversee the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to take charge of the position, replacing Uttama Savanayon, who had resigned from the position on 12 September 2016.[4]

On 1 May 2018, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on the Management of Rehabilitation of Children and Youth.[5]

In 2019, Prajin was appointed as Senator by resigning from every position in the government.[6]

DecorationsEdit

  • Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of White Elephant[7]
  • Knight Grand Cordon (Special) of the Most Exalted Order of White Elephant
  • Grand Companion (Third Class, Higher Grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chulachomklao

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.moj.go.th/view/13840
  2. ^ https://www.egov.go.th/th/content/10301/6657/
  3. ^ https://www.tot.co.th/%E0%B8%82%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%8A%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%A1%E0%B8%9E%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%98%E0%B9%8C/2018/10/31/www
  4. ^ https://mgronline.com/tags/%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%B4%E0%B8%99%20%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%B1%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%95%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%87
  5. ^ http://www.sti.or.th/sti/news-detail.php?news_type=2&news_id=292&
  6. ^ https://www.innnews.co.th/politics/news_388740/
  7. ^ "Ministry of Defence". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06.[not specific enough to verify]