Sunthorn Kongsompong

Sunthorn Kongsompong
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Born (1931-08-01)1 August 1931
Bangkok, Siam
Died 2 August 1999(1999-08-02) (aged 68)
Bangkok, Thailand
Allegiance  Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
Rank RTA OF-9 (General).svg General
Commands held Commander-in-Chief
Supreme Commander
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Sunthorn Kongsompong (Thai: สุนทร คงสมพงษ์, RTGSSunthon Khongsomphong, IPA: [sǔn.tʰɔːn kʰoŋ.sǒm.pʰoŋ]; 1 August 1931 – 2 August 1999) was the de facto head of government of Thailand from 1991 to 1992, after a military coup d'etat led by Sunthorn and General Suchinda Kraprayoon deposed the government of Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan on February 23, 1991. The generals accused Chatichai of corruption, and established the National Peacekeeping Council (NPKC) as an interim administration, with Sunthorn as chairman.

Anand Panyarachun was appointed Prime Minister in March, 1991, but the administration of the country was also executed by the NPKC.

Sunthorn left the political office following the May 1992 constitution promulgation, which prohibited members of the military from executing the office of the Prime Minister.[1]

His son is Apirat Kongsompong, who from 2018 to 2020 was Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army.


Foreign honour


Military offices
Preceded by
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces
1 April 1990 - 30 September 1991
Succeeded by
Suchinda Kraprayoon
Political offices
Preceded by
Chatichai Choonhavan
as Prime Minister of Thailand
Chairman of the National Peace Keeping Council
24 February 1991 - 7 April 1993
With: Anand Panyarachun as nominal Prime Minister from 2 March 1991
Succeeded by
Suchinda Kraprayoon
as Prime Minister of Thailand