Bhumjaithai Party (BJT) (Thai: พรรคภูมิใจไทย), Phak Bhum Jai Thai, or Thai Pride Party, was founded on November 5, 2008, in anticipation of the December 2, 2008, Constitutional Court of Thailand ruling which dissolved its "de facto predecessor", Neutral Democratic Party, along with the People's Power Party (PPP), and Thai Nation Party.
After the dissolutions, former members of the Neutral Democratic Party and former members of the PPP faction, the Friends of Newin Group defected to this party.
On December 15, 2008, the party endorsed the Democrat Party, in forming a six-party coalition government under Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The party's "de facto" leader and power broker behind joining the Democrat-led coalition is Newin Chidchob. Due to his role as an executive of the PPP predecessor party, the Thai Rak Thai party which was dissolved in 2007, he became ineligible to be a party member for 5 years. It is alleged that Army commander and co-leader of the 2006 coup, General Anupong Paochinda, coerced the MPs of the Friends of Newin Group faction in the PPP to endorse a Democrat Party-led coalition. This secured enough parliamentary votes to allow Abhisit to be elected Prime