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General Prem Tinsulanonda was born in Songkla Province, on August 26, 1920, son of Luang Winithantakarma and Mrs. Ord Tinsulanonda.

He received his formal education first at Wat Bo Yang School and Vajiravuth School, both in Songkla Province. Then, he continued his study at Suan Kularb Wittayalai School, Army Technic School, Cavalry School, Armor School Fort Knox, United States of America, Army College and National Defense College (Class IX), respectively.

Once graduated, he served the Armor Department, as Platoon Leader. He had been gradually promoted ever since, and, attained the rank of Colonel, Commander of Armor School, in 1959. Later, he was promoted to Commander of the Cavalry Infantry, in 1963. He was ranked Major General, Commander-in-chief of the Cavalry Infantry and Commander of Region II, in 1963, and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of Region II, in 1964. He was finally invested General, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, in 1967, and was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, in 1968.

He started his political career as Member of Constitution Drafting Council, in 1959, Senator, in 1968 and Member of the Legislation Council, in 1973. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Interior and Member of Development Council, during the term of General Kriangsak Jamanandana, in 1977, and Deputy Minister of Defense in 1979.

He was appointed as Prime Minister, on March 3, 1980, following the resignation of General Kriangsak Jamanandana. He had always been keen in national development as a whole, e.g., improved the Codes of State Revenue Taxation and Department Store Laws, as to establish social justice, created new jobs in the provinces, found the state-subsidized public projects, as to improve trade and investment in the private sectors. He was also determined to wipe the Communist Terrorists Regime out of the kingdom, following "Pro-Politics Military" scheme, as of Policy 66 of 1980.

He dissolved the Parliament, due to political unrest, and resigned from the position on April 28, 1988. He quitted from the politics and took up office as the Privy Councillor, on August 23, 1988. Moreover, he was regarded as one of Thailand's Statesmen. On September 4, 1998, he was appointed President of the Privy Council, substituting the former Mr. Sanya Dharmasakti.


Upon the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016, Prem, at age 96, became regent of Thailand until the coronation of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X on October 4, 2019. Prem was actively involved in many charities, including the Prem Foundation. He established the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, which opened in August 2001 in Chiang Mai Province. The campus covers 90 acres; the student body numbers over 400, with more than 36 nationalities represented.
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Prem died of heart failure at Phramongkutklao Hospital on 26 May 2019, aged 98. King Vajiralongkorn ordered a period of mourning at the royal court for 21 days from 27 May to 17 June 2019. General Prem remained loyal to Thailand and the King his whole life, and he is one of the greatest Statesman in Thai history.

Prem Tinsulanonda Center for International Education, Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand