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saritís legacy the original strongman

Some have been as bold as to compare current PM Thaksin Shinawatra with the tyrannical ruler Sarit Thanarat,

A question of leadership: was it contrived, or real?

Few Thais can probably name the countryís 23 prime ministers since the shift from absolute monarchy to democracy in 1932, but one name many are unlikely to miss is Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat (1959-1963).