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article imageEx-Thai Prime Minister resigns as Cambodia's economic adviser

By Leo Reyes     Aug 25, 2010 in Politics
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has tendered his resignation as Cambodia';s economic adviser "because of personal difficulties in fulfilling his role completely".
Thaksin, who is currently on self-imposed exile on charges of corruption, has been acting as Cambodia's economic adviser after his ouster as Thai Prime Minister.
"The Cambodian government accepts the request by His Excellency Thaksin Shinawatra with thanks to the contributions that he has made to the Cambodian economy," a statement said.
While Thaksin served as Cambodia's economic adviser, diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries have been strained, resulting into the recall of their respective ambassadors.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva indicated Monday that they could reinstate the diplomats in light of Thaksin's departure, describing it as a "good sign."
"If relations return to normal, it is good for both countries to have ambassadors," he told reporters.
Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said the resignation was not related to the Cambodia-Thai border dispute, saying the former premier had resigned because he was "busy with a lot of work".
"This is not a compromise," he told AFP, after Thaksin's departure was formalised by a royal decree issued by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
The former prime minister remains influential in Thailand's political life, drawing support from militant group of people, mostly made up up of rural poor, known as the 'Red Shirt 'protesters.
The Red Shirt protesters have recently staged a violent mass protest in the Thai capital, forcing the government to declare emergency rule.
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