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The new legislature of Cambodia’s new cabinet holds first meeting

PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea Daily/ANN) - The first meeting of the six-mandate cabinet was held this morning under the chairmanship of re-elected Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.

The Premier and his cabinet ministers were given a vote of confidence by the 125 newly-elected lawmakers at the first session of the sixth legislature of the National Assembly on Sept. 6.

His new cabinet is composed of 10 deputy prime ministers, 17 senior ministers, and 29 ministers.

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation under the Council of Ministers is also in the list of the approval. A minister is in charge of the State Secretariat.

Samdech Hun Sen pledged yesterday to lead the country’s executive body to achieve the Royal Government’s political agenda in accordance with the promise made by his Cambodian People’s Party to the people before the election.

In 2019, a special focus will be made on concrete interventions such as increase in garment workers’ wage, in salary and retiring pension of all civil servants, retirees and veterans, reduction of electricity fees, implementation of some prioritised social protection schemes for pregnant women, under-two-year-old children, poor households and so on, he underlined.

Samdech Hun Sen was born on August 5, 1952 (officially on April 4th, 1951) in Peam Koh Sna Commune, Stung Trang district of Kampong Cham province. Upon completion of his local primary schooling, in 1965 he came to Phnom Penh to continue his secondary education in the Lycée Indra Devi. He resided in Neakavoan Pagoda.

Samdech Hun Sen is married to Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen with six children, but one passed away right after birth. The rest are Gen. Hun Manet (October 20, 1977), Ms. Hun Mana (September 15, 1980), Gen. Hun Manit (October 17, 1981), Mr. Hun Mani (November 27, 1982) and Ms. Hun Mali (December 30, 1983).

Samdech Hun Sen began his political career since 1977, after he left his beloved family again to lead a movement aimed at liberating Cambodia and its people from the genocidal regime. In 1978, he became a founding member of the United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea (UFNSK). In collaboration with other patriotic movements and with the support of Vietnamese volunteer forces, on January 7, 1979, the UFNSK rescued Cambodia and its people from the genocidal regime of Democratic Kampuchea.

From 1979 to 1993, Samdech Hun Sen held various positions in the Cambodian administrations – the People’s Republic of Kampuchea and then the State of Cambodia. As Foreign Minister in 1979, as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from 1981 to 1985, and then as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

From 1985 to 1991, Samdech Hun Sen brought about several remarkable achievements, laying the basis for the implementation of peace, national reconciliation, and the development of Cambodia.

Through his willing contribution and efforts, Samdech Hun Sen was proved to be an indispensable architect of the Paris Peace Agreement on Cambodia.

From 1993 to 1998, Samdech Hun Sen served Cambodia as the Co-Premier and then the second Prime Minister of the first coalition government.

In July 1998, the general elections brought victory to the Cambodian People’s Party, of which Samdech Hun Sen became the sole Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia until now.

In this position, Samdech Hun Sen again was proved to be an earnest defender of national achievements and of the Paris Peace Agreement. His achievements in this period included fulfilling commitments to the improvement of rural roads, schools, dispensaries and healthcare centers, and access to clean water, while carrying out the win-win policy which ends the Khmer Rouge’s threat and unifies Cambodia.

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