Ex-Thai Premier Kriangsak dies at age 87

Ex-Thai Premier Kriangsak dies at age 87 - Newsday, December 24, 2003
Kriangsak Chomanan, an army general who became prime minister in 1977 through a series of coups before helping steer Thailand to democracy, died Tuesday. He was 87...
In September 1978, he issued an amnesty for the "Bangkok 18" left-wing students and labor activists jailed in connection with the 1976 crackdown. He also initiated an amnesty program for former members of the Communist Party of Thailand, a reconciliation policy that eventually helped quash its insurgency.
As he adapted to his civilian post, Kriangsak was often photographed with his trademark pipe, and, in evening hours, a snifter of brandy.
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