Pote Sarasin had been a diplomat in Washington before returning to Bangkok to become secretary-general of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) in Bangkok.
His return coincided with Sarit's 1957 coup against Phibun, and he was named interim prime minister until elections were held in December.
His main responsibility was to reassure Thailand's American ally that democracy would return to Thailand. How little did he know.
Pote's SEATO proved as impotent as his premiership. Thais were unsatisfied with the military security organisation's lack of reaction to Vietnamese infiltration of Laos, and the US was unsatisfied with the way it responded to the American war in Vietnam.
-- From Nation Junior