Former Thai Prime Minister and President of the Royal Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda. Photo: Reuters

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s ex-prime minister and top adviser to late Thai king, dies aged 98

  • Political observers described the head of the Royal Privy Council as a colossal figure in Thai politics
  • Prem, a former army commander, was prime minister of Thailand for eight years from 1980
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Former Thai Prime Minister and President of the Royal Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda. Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.