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Govt mulls asking the King to place Cambodia in a state of emergency

Prime Minister Hun Sen, the ruling party's chairman, presides over the ceremony to mark 68th birthday of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Island, Cambodia, June 28, 2019. (Aun Chhengpor/VOA Khmer). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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PHNOM PENH, Mar 25, 2020, The Khmer Times. Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that the government is considering requesting King Norodom Sihamoni to place the country in a state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Khmer Times reported.

“I am considering to ask the King to place the country in a state of emergency,” he said. “If we place the country in a state of emergency, civil rights will be affected.”

Mr Hun Sen said that the government will not close the markets, restaurants and small shops amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some people urged me to close all, including small shops such as coffee and food shops. If we close all shops, how can we live?” he added.

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