Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1950 to 1971
from 1973
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title
President of the Senate
Speaker
Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (Male)
Date of birth: 01 Aug 1948
Term
25 May 2019
Additional information

Elected on 25 May 2019.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Secretary General
Secretary General
Napaporn Jaisujja (Female)
Term
01 Oct 2021
Notes

Appointed on 1 Oct. 2021.

Members

Statutory number of members
200

Notes:

A total of 200 senators* are selected by and from among “persons having the knowledge, expertise, experience, profession, characteristics or common interests or working or having worked in varied areas of the society.”

*10 senators are indirectly elected from each of the 20 eligible groups, including law and justice, education, public health, agriculture, science and technology, mass communication, employees or workers, business owners, tourism-related professions, industrialists, artists or athletes, independent professionals, women, and elderly, disabled or ethnic groups.

Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected
Indirectly elected members
200
Current number of members
200
Men
155
Women
45
Percentage of women
22.5%
Statutory number of members per country 
700
Population (in thousands)
71,601
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
95,468

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
64.9
(2019-05)
Youngest member
Zakee Phithakkumpol (Male)
Youngest member (years)
41
Oldest member
Capt. Thinapan Nakata (Male)
Oldest member (years)
85
Number of members, by age (2019-05)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 0 1 1 39 151 30 2 0 224
Female 0 0 0 2 0 2 18 3 1 0 26
Totals per age interval 0 0 0 3 1 41 169 33 3 0 250
Total <= 45: 3 Total >= 46: 247
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
0.0% 0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
1.2% 0% 0.8%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No information available
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: Section 48 of the Organic Act on Political Parties prescribes that to run for an election, political parties need to prepare their lists of Party-List candidates by taking gender balance into consideration.

Youth quota
No information available

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
No information available
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No