THAILAND: Trusted Hands

Ever since last month's national elections, in which most of his own candidates won in a walkaway. Strongman Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat has been casting around for a suitable Premier. Last week, between bouts with a chronically bad liver, Marshal Sarit named his man: stocky, mild-mannered, 46-year-old Lieut. General Thanom Kittikhachorn (whose polysyllabic last name means "widespreadreputation").

General Thanom, a longtime crony of Sarit's and assistant commander in chief (under Sarit) of the army, was diffident about taking up his new post. Said the new Premier: "I'm unprepared to take up the premiership, but cannot refuse because...

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