M.R. Seni Pramoj's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Bangkok

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M.R. Seni Pramoj

“There are three ways to rule a country; by power, by bribery and by principle. Politics won by power risks being overthrown by power. While that won by bribery risks shortage or fact that one day, it may no longer be sufficient for the recipient. But that won by principle shall remain. Even in the absence of its leader, the principle continues to live on”

As a co-founder and a leader of Democrat Party, M.R. Seni Pramoj served as Prime Minister of Thailand for four terms. In his first term he became the youngest Prime Minister at the age of 40 in 1945

During World War II, as Thai Ambassador to Washington D.C. in 1942, he refused to deliver the government’s declaration of war against the United States and Britain. He then organised the “Seri Thai” or Free Thai movement that later prevented the United States from treating Thailand as a defeated enemy after the war

Apart from his role in Thai politics, M.R. Seni Pramoj also worked as a university professor and a lawyer. One of the law books he wrote about civil and commercial law remains a comprehensive book for law students in Thailand until today

Born M.R. Seni Pramoj on 26th May 1905 in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand
Died on 28th July 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand

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