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Cambodian leader speaks to Parliament for 5 hours

Last Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 23:56

Phnom Penh: Asia`s longest serving ruler has set what appears to be a personal record for his longest public speech: 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke to the lower house of Parliament in a nationally televised speech today that was mandatory viewing for civil servants.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said he believed it was Hun Sen`s longest speech in 27 years as prime minister.

Hun Sen, 61, spoke without taking breaks or questions mostly on sensitive border disputes with Vietnam. He blamed France, the former colonial ruler of both countries, for not clearly demarcating the border.

Hun Sen has said he will seek re-election in 2013. The border issue is often used by politicians to stir nationalism and garner political support.


First Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 23:56
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