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Cambodian Ruling Party Reaffirms Support For Hun Sen As PM Candidate
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-01/07/c_132085645.htm
Source Date: Monday, January 07, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Cambodia
Created: Jan 07, 2013

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) reaffirmed on Monday its support for incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen to keep his post for another term as Cambodia will hold general elections on July 28.

"On behalf of the CPP, I'd like to solemnly affirm once again the support for the candidate of Hun Sen for the post of Prime Minister for the 5th legislative term and terms thereafter," CPP' s Honorary President and National Assembly's President Heng Samrin said in a speech in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of Jan. 7 victory day over the Democratic Kampuchea, or known as Khmer Rouge regime.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in power for 28 years.

Heng Samrin also hailed the Hun Sen-led government for bringing the country to full peace and security, sound economic and social development.

"Cambodia has maintained political and social stability, macroeconomics and financial stability, and firmly defended the sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and social safety," he said.

The country has achieved economic growth of about 7 percent in 2012 thanks to notable increases in agriculture, garment, tourism and real estate, he said.

Monday's commemoration, held at CPP's headquarters in Phnom Penh, was also presided over by CPP's President and Senate President Chea Sim and Prime Minister Hun Sen, CPP's Vice- President. It was attended by approximately 12,000 supporters.

Cambodia saw Jan. 7 as the victory day over the Democratic Kampuchea regime. On Jan. 7, 1979, the troops of Kampuchea United Front for National Salvation with the cooperation and support from the Vietnamese troops had toppled the DK regime after it had controlled the country for three years, eight months and 20 days.

During the period, millions of Cambodian compatriots died from execution, disease, starvation and overwork.
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