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The abbot of Wat Keo Sekha Kirisvarak has resigned and left the monkhood mysteriously

The
abbot Wat Keo Sekha Kirisvarak pagoda (pictured), which is a scene of
an ongoing tug of war between Cambodia and Thailand, has resigned from
his position and left the monkhood altogether and returned back to live
with his parents in Sa-Em village, Kantuot commune, Choam Ksan district
of Preah Vihear province. It is not clear what prompted him to resign
and left the monkhood, but local government officials and local
Buddhist laypeople are surprised of his abrupt and mysterious
resignation.

Ven. Khan Yun was ordained in 1999 in Tuol Andet
pagoda, Teuk Krohorm commune, Choam Ksan district of Preah Vihear
province. He was later sent to Wat Keo Sekha Kirisvarak pagoda and was
eventually appointed as the pagoda’s permanent abbot by the provincial
Buddhist patriarch.

After he resigned and left the monkhood,
Ven. Khan Yun refused to make any comments surrounding his resignation.
The new abbot has yet to be appointed.

Wat Keo Sekha Kirisvarak
pagoda was partially occupied by Thai troops on 15th July 2008 when
hundreds of Thai troops were sent to occupy the Preah Vihear
surrounding areas after Unesco had inscribed the temple as a world
heritage site a week earlier. It was a scene of at least two deadly
armed clashes with Thai troops in 2008 and 2009.

The news
of the resignation of the abbot of Wat Keo Sekha Kirivarak came after
Prime Minister Hun Sen had declared that the 10 Thai troops based at
the pagoda had been withdrawn from the temple. Mr. Hun Sen’s claim was rejected by Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and has not yet been independently verified.

Source: everyday.com
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