Thailand's Tarrin Nimmanahaeminda

Last November, Thailand's Tarrin Nimmanahaeminda landed one of Asia's toughest jobs. After the return to power of his political mentor, Chuan Leekpai, the 52-year-old former banker took over as Finance Minister. He became the fifth man in a single year to hold the position, which had become a hot seat during Thailand's economic collapse. Indeed, the dithering of his predecessors raised doubts that Thailand could deal with the crisis.

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