Thai foreign minister resigns after sparking uproar over Cambodian temple

July 10, 2008 10:36

Thailand's foreign minister has resigned in a bid to defuse political tension as a raft of court cases and street protests batter the country's 5-month-old government. Noppadon Pattama's resignation Thursday came after opposition demands that he quit over a dispute with Cambodia involving an ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border. The Thai Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that Noppadon acted unconstitutionally when he endorsed Cambodia's application to have the Preah Vihear temple registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site without first consulting Parliament on the matter. Critics fear the endorsement undermines Thailand's claim to land near the temple.

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