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Thailand

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of Representatives

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Rathhasapha (National Assembly)
Chamber name
Wuthisapha (Senate)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1950 to 1972
from 1973
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the Senate
Speaker
Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (Male)
Term
25.05.2019
Additional information
Elected on 25 May 2019.

Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary General
Nut Phasuk (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1 Oct. 2017.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
250
Note on the statutory number of members
- 194 senators selected by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) among 400 names nominated by the Senator Selection Committee; - 50 senators selected by the NCPO among 200 candidates representing various occupational groups who had been chosen by their peers and selected by the Election Commission; - 6 ex-officio members: the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, the Supreme Commander, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force and the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
225
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
25
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
750 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
68,658
See historical data for this field.
Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
91,544 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.