The Democrat Party

The Democrat Party, founded in 1946, is the oldest political party in Thailand, and is considered the oldest in Southeast Asia as well.  Since its inception over 60 years ago, the Democrat Party has held ideologies that are opposed to all forms of dictatorship and which are instead committed to the promotion of democracy for the people, and most importantly, by the people. The survival and existence of the Democrat Party has not come easily. The party has had to go through many political struggles throughout its history, which can be divided into four periods:

*1st Period (1946-1967) – Party Building, Pro-Democracy, and Anti-Dictatorship

*2nd Period (1968-1979) – Party Rehabilitation and Democracy Promotion

*3rd Period (1979-1990) – Policy Improvement and Participation in National Administration

*4th Period (1991-Present) – Leading Party of Opposition and of Coalition Government

Introducing People’s Agenda.

Throughout its history, the Democrat Party has always stood firm on the principles of democracy, freedom, transparency, accountability, and public participation. These principles, stipulated in the Party Guidelines, have guided the Party in the last six decades, and will continue to guide it for many years and generations to come.

Under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva and the Executive Committee, the Democrat Party aims to provide the Thai public with a viable, responsible political alternative to the populist political environment that has been permeating the Thai atmosphere since 2001.Through various schemes and measures implemented since 2008, especially the People’s Agenda, the Party has been able to steer national development toward a new direction. It uses the idea of “policy for the people by the people” which highlights the point that “People must come first”. The Party has assured the inclusiveness of its social-economic policy and measures. Programmes such as 15 years of free education, income-guarantee initiative for farming population, debt relief and access to micro-credits, and social and health security scheme have been launched.




Abhisit Vejjajiva

Chalermchai Sri-on

Kiat Sittheamorn
Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee

Chavanond Intarakomalyasut


67 Setsiri Road, Samsannai Phayathai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Telephone: +66 0 2270 0036
Fax: +66 0 2279 6086


About Us

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) was inaugurated in Bangkok in 1993, with the support of then Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung. CALD, which offers a unique platform for dialogue and cooperation, is the only regional alliance of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia.
Unit 410, 4/F La Fuerza Plaza 2, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., 1231 Makati City, Philippines
+632 8196071; +63998 576 0877


Contact Us