WORLD Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

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Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

Xinhua

14:53, May 26, 2019

BANGKOK, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's former prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda died at the age of 98 on Sunday, according to local media.

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Former Thai prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda casts his ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. (File photo: VCG)

Reports said he died of heart failure at the Phra Mongkutklao hospital in Bangkok.

Prem, the Privy Council President of the country, was a regent under King Maha Vajiralongkorn in late 2016.

Prem was born on Aug. 26, 1920. He was a native of Songkhla province and long-time inhabitant of Sisao (four pillars) Residence in Bangkok and he was also a former army chief.

He ran the country as prime minister for eight years during 1980-1988.

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