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Cambodian former PM dies at 80

Phnom Penh, Oct 29 (IANS) Cambodian former Prime Minister and current opposition lawmaker Pen Sovann died on Saturday at the age of 80 due to illness, the opposition party said in a statement.

“His Excellency Pen Sovann, a member of parliament and former Prime Minister during the People’s Republic of Kampuchea, died at 19.17 local time on October 29, 2016 at the age of 80 due to illness at his house in (southern) Takeo province,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as saying.

He was the Prime Minister of Cambodia for six months in 1981 after the fall of Democratic Kampuchea in 1979.

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