Charnchai Chairungruang, the former industry minister and veteran politician from Mahasarakham province, succumbed to cancer on Saturday morning. He was 65 years old.
A bathing rite for Charnchai will be held at Wat Saket Worawiharn at 4pm on Sunday.
Charnchai was elected as an MP from Mahasarakham for the first time in 1983. He was re-elected in 1986, 1992, 1995, 2001, and 2005.
He used to be a deputy government spokesman and an assistant to the secretary to the interior minister. He was appointed industry minister in the Abhisit Vejjajiva government in late 2007.
Charnchai was removed from the Cabinet in June 2010 after a no-confidence debate.
He became secretary-general of the Pua Paen Din Party in late 2008 under Pracha Promnok’s leadership. He later took the reins of the party leader until May 2011 and decided to merge with the Chart Pattana Party, creating the Chart Pattana Pua Paen Din Party.