Proposed dam in Laos called threat to dolphins downstream in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A planned dam across the Mekong River in Laos could threaten the existence of critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia, conservationists warn.

U.N. official calls for end to political gridlock in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A United Nations official Friday urged Cambodian government and opposition officials to keep negotiating in an effort to end a political impasse.

Cambodian police break up garment worker camp

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Cambodian police removed about 1,000 anti-government protesters, including garment workers, from an industrial park in Phnom Penh after deadly clashes with security authorities.

Police force hundreds from Cambodian park ahead of three-day protest

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Hundreds of protesters camped in a park in Cambodia's capital were forced to flee Saturday as police moved in with batons and shields, officials say.

Japan, Laos seek security dialogue framework

VIENTIANE, Laos, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Japan and Laos will try to develop a framework for their foreign and defense officials to discuss security issues, the countries' prime ministers said Sunday.

Cambodian police could be fired in death of vendor during protest

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Police who killed a rice vendor as they defied orders not to shoot at protesting garment workers could lose their jobs, a Cambodian police spokesman says.

Floods in Cambodia kill 28 people

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- At least 28 people have been killed and 73,600 families have been affected by massive flooding in Cambodia, officials said.

Hun Sen re-appointed as Cambodian prime minister

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Re-elected Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen officially took up office amid opposition street protests and a parliamentary boycott.

Cambodian protests spark travel warning

LONDON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The British government said Monday it was advising against traveling in parts of Cambodia because of political unrest associated with July elections.

Cambodian police fire tear gas at protesters

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Cambodian police said they fired tear gas Sunday at demonstrators protesting July's national election results in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Rocket shells, explosive material found in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Cambodia said they found three M-79 rocket shells and a 10-liter container of an explosive substance at two public locations in Phnom Penh Friday.

Cambodian opposition plans peaceful protest against elections

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Members of Cambodia's opposition said they have planned a 3-hour, peaceful protest against alleged cheating in July's national elections.

Cambodia's opposition cries foul over election result

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 30 (UPI) -- The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party rejected Sunday's national election result in which the government retained power, claiming voting irregularities, the Phnom Penh Post reported.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen party's election win a close one

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 29 (UPI) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power for 28 years, may have won another five-year term, but his unofficial election victory was a close one.

CPP claims victory in Cambodian elections

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 28 (UPI) -- The Cambodian People's Party claimed victory Sunday in Cambodia's general elections.
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Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen awaits the start of the annual military parade at the Place de la Concorde during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on July 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa) .

Hun Sen (Khmer: ហ៊ុន សែន) (born 5 August, 1952) is the current Prime Minister of Cambodia.

He is one of the key leaders of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), which has governed Cambodia since the Vietnamese-backed overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. He was a former Khmer Rouge who escaped to Vietnam before 1979 in order to call for the Vietnamese to overthrow the Khmer Rouge government. Since the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1993, the CPP has been in a coalition with the royalist Funcinpec party.

His current, full, honorary title is Samdach Akkak Moha Sena Padey Dekjo Hun Sen. The title "Samdech" was attached to his name in 1993 by King Norodom Sihanouk. It is only an honorary title and does not give him further powers. He has a glass eye, the result of a wound sustained during the Khmer Rouge offensive against Phnom Penh in April 1975. Hun Sen is currently the longest serving leader in South East Asia and is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world, having been in power through various coalitions since 1985.

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