Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98 | 2019-05-26

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

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26th May, 2019 05:06:15 printer

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

 

Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades, died Sunday at age 98.

His death in a Bangkok hospital was announced by the government's Public Relations Department, confirming earlier unofficial reports in Thai media. Never married, he leaves no family survivors. Thai Princess Sirindhorn will preside over his initial Buddhist funeral rites on Monday.

Prem was best known for his long-standing devotion to the monarchy, especially the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who appointed him to his Privy Council immediately after Prem's eight years as prime minister, and named him head of that powerful advisory body in 1998, a position he held until his death.


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