THAILAND: The Caretaker Premier

"I still feel as if I'm dreaming," said Thailand's Premier Sanya Dharmasakti last week. "Give me some time so I can wake up." Sanya's bewilderment was understandable. Three weeks ago, he was hastily installed in the Premier's vacant seat when a revolt of Thai students (TIME, Oct. 29) prompted King Bhumibol Adulyadej to oust and exile General Thanom Kittikachorn, General Praphas Charusathiara and Colonel Narong Kittikachorn—the unpopular military trio that had ruled Thailand. Like most of his countrymen, Sanya, formerly rector of Thammasat University, has only gradually recovered from the shock of that...

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