Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives in the Philippines for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) Summit on Saturday, November 11. He is welcomed by government officials at the Clark International Airport, Pampanga. SCREEN GRAB FROM PTV 4
CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in the Philippines on Saturday for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) Summit.
Hun Sen arrived on board his official plane, which landed at the Clark International Airport in Clark, Pampanga at 1:26 p.m.
Hun Sen will join other world leaders from Southeast Asia and, 10 other partners of the regional group in the biennial meet.
Hun Sen is the 34th Prime Minister of Cambodia, according to published reports.
He has been Cambodia’s leader since 1985, making him the country’s longest serving head and one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world. He has been in power for more than 30 years.
He is credited with achieving economic growth for Cambodia after the devastation caused by the Khmer Rouge regime, responsible for one of the worst mass killings from the 1950s to the late 90s.
During Pol Pot’s tyrannical regime in the late 1970s, when as many as two million people died, Hun Sen fled to Vietnam to join troops opposed to the Khmer Rouge.
When Vietnam installed a new government in Cambodia in 1979, Hun Sen returned as minister of foreign affairs, becoming prime minister in 1985 at the age of 33, making him at that time the world’s youngest head of government.
In 1997, He went on to seize power in a bloody coup, forcing Prince Ranariddh to temporarily leave the country.
Born into a peasant family in Kampong Cham on August 5, 1952, Hun Sen was educated by Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.
In a New York Times article this year, Hun Sen vowed to stay in power. “After witnessing the treasonous acts of some Cambodians in recent days,” he said, “I have decided to continue my job for another 10 years.” KAROL JOSEF LUCENA