Prem Tinsulanonda

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Prem Tinsulanonda,

1920–2019, Thai military and political leader. After serving in the Thai army, where he rose to become commander in chief (1978), he entered politics. He served in the Thai senate and national assembly and was deputy interior minister and defense minister before becoming prime minister (1980–88). Prem survived two coup attempts (1981, 1985) due to strong support from King Bhumibol AdulyadejBhumibol Adulyadej
, 1927–2016, king of Thailand (1946–2016), b. Cambridge, Mass. A member of the Chakri dynasty, he was at school in Switzerland when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died (1946) under mysterious circumstances.
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. He then was named to the king's privy council, and headed it from 1998 until his death; he was accused of encouraging the 2006 ouster of Prime Minister Thaksin ShinawatraThaksin Shinawatra
, 1949–, Thai business executive and political leader, b. Chiang Mai. Born into a wealthy merchant family, he went into the Thai police service in 1973 and continued his criminal-justice education in the United States.
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. In 2016 Prem was briefly regent (2016) after the king's death.
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