H.E. Mr. Chuan Leekpai was appointed as the new president of AIPA for period of 2018-2019. He was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Saturday (25/05/19).
He started his career as a lawyer before joining the Democrat Party in 1969. He then became the leader of the party from 1991 to 2003. Mr. Chuan served as Prime Minister for two terms, the first between 1992 and 1995, and the second between 1997 and 2001. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives and as Leader of the Opposition.
In his long and storied political career, Mr. Chuan has held numerous ministerial positions, such as Minister of Justice (1980-1981), Minister of Commerce (1981), Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives (1981-1983, 1990), Minister of Education (1983-1986), Minister of Public Health (1988-1989), and Minister of Defence (1997-2001). But what has endured him to the Thai public is his humble nature and modesty, and these qualities has made him a true elder statesman of Thai society.