>Thai PM blames constitution for political turmoil

>ABC Radio
Australia

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej (pictured) has blamed the military-backed constitution for his political woes and says he would press ahead with amending it.

Since coming into power six months ago the government has faced a barrage of challenges.

On tuesday the ruling coalition lost two legal battles which could pave the way for impeachment of the entire cabinet.

The Constitutional Court ruled the government had violated the constitution by signing a joint communique to back neighbouring Cambodia in its bid to put the 11th century Preah Vihear temple on the World Heritage list.

The Supreme Court found former speaker Yongyut Tiyapairat guilty of vote buying in elections last December, opening the way for criminal charges against Mr Yongyut and the possible dissolution of the ruling People Power Party.

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