Yuranunt Pamornmontri (Thai: ยุรนันท์ ภมรมนตรี, nicknamed Sam) (born January 2, 1963) is a Thai actor and politician. He was Members of the House of Representatives from 2005 to 2006, when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed in a military coup and convicted in absentia for a conflict of interest. He was born in Bangkok and started his career as actor. He was elected as party-list MP again in 2011 general election, substituting resigned Police Lieutenant General Chatt Kuldilok.

He entered politics in 2004 and moved to Thai Rak Thai party in same year. After a landslide victory in 2005 general election, he became Member of Parliament and the deputy Government Spokesman but on 19 September 2006 a military junta overthrew Thaksin’s government in a bloodless coup while he was abroad. The CNS-appointed constitutional tribunal dissolved the Thai Rak Thai party for electoral fraud, banning TRT’s executives from politics for five years.[1]

Yuranan moved to People’s Power Party (PPP) and lost the 2007 general election, but leader of PPP Samak Sundaravej, became the Prime Minister. Then he became the adviser of Minister of Education Somchai Wongsawat who was the next Prime Minister.

In January 2009, he moved to Pheu Thai Party and was defeated in the 15th Bangkok gubernatorial election by Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

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