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Hun Sen

(ho͝on sĕn), 1952–, Cambodian political leader, premier of Cambodia (1985–93, 1998–; second premier, 1993–98). A member of the Khmer RougeKhmer Rouge
, name given to native Cambodian Communists. Khmer Rouge soldiers, aided by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, began a large-scale insurgency against government forces in 1970, quickly gaining control over more than two thirds of the country.
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 from 1970, he fled to Vietnam with Heng SamrinHeng Samrin
, 1934–, Cambodian politician. He was president of Cambodia from 1979 to 1991 and headed the Communist party from 1981 to 1991. A regimental commander of the Khmer Rouge during the civil war (1970–75), he sought refuge in Vietnam from Pol Pot's purges
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 and other Communists in 1977. When the Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia, Hun Sen returned, becoming foreign minister (1979–85) in Heng Samrin's Vietnamese-backed, anti–Khmer Rouge, Communist government. In 1985, Hun Sen became premier and soon was the most powerful member of the Cambodian government. After the signing (1991) of a peace agreement with both the Khmer Rouge and Norodom SihanoukSihanouk, Norodom
, 1922–2012, king of Cambodia (1941–55, 1993–2004), b. Phnom Penh. Sihanouk was educated in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and Paris and was elected king by a royal council in 1941.
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's forces and then national elections in 1993, Hun Sen became copremier with royalist Prince Norodom Ranariddh. In 1997, after a period of tension in the coalition, Hun Sen's forces moved against Ranariddh and his allies, and Ranariddh fled the country. In disputed elections in 1998, Hun Sen's Cambodian People's party won, and he became sole premier in coalition with Ranariddh's party; after protracted negotiations, the coalition was renewed after the 2003 elections. He remained premier after the 2008 elections, when his party won in a landslide, and after the closer 2013 elections. His government has been intolerant of political opposition, often convicting opponents of spurious charges, and he and his family have been accused of using his premiership to enrich themselves.
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Former CNRP Deputy President Eng Chhay Eang wrote in a Facebook post yesterday that the EU's decision 'is a sign informing the Hun Sen government that the EU, consisting of 27 countries, will not recognise the government created from the joke of the 2018 election'.
Cambodia's top court announced Wednesday it has upheld lower courts' conviction of an opposition lawmaker for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday slammed Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, for a critical comment he made on a rocket launching test by Cambodia.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that Cambodia will conduct a multiple rocket launching test next week.
The widow of slain political analyst Kem Ley on Sunday called for protesters to join her in demonstrating against Prime Minister Hun Sen when he visits Australia later this week, with exiled opposition figure Mu Sochua telling an audience in Canberra on Friday that it was 'not too late' for her party to return and compete in the July national election.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 27 (ANI): Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will begin his one-day state visit on Saturday, two days after arriving here for ASEAN-India Summit and the 69th Republic Day celebrations.
Phnom Penh - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called for the closure of one of the country's main human rights groups because it was founded by detained opposition leader Kem Sokha.
It did not take long for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to accomplish one of the things that he wanted to do in the country--meet Marian Rivera who is popular in Cambodia where her GMA shows (Marimar, Darna and Dyesebel, among them) are being aired.
The traffic group earlier relayed that the convoy carried Prime Minister Hun Sen, but later corrected itself saying that it was in fact Cambodian ministers who motored to Metro Manila, hours after arriving from Pampanga province.
The Cambodian Government, led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, has launched a brutal crackdown on political opposition and civil society ahead of national elections scheduled for July 2018.
Their comments follow a speech on Monday by Prime Minister Hun Sen at the 4th Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, China.
Phnom Penh: Cambodian strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened opposition leader Sam Rainsy with legal action over a letter to the nation's king that appeared to rebuke the monarch for endorsing parliament.