PM Loses Cool at Bridge Inauguration

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday slammed media reports and statements from opposition lawmakers who claimed that a $14 million bridge was opened to the public to commemorate his 40th wedding anniversary, saying the timing was merely a coincidence.

During the inauguration of the Techno Flyover bridge on Russian Boulevard yesterday, Mr. Hun Sen said it would now be called the “January 5 Sky Bridge” and that the name had been approved by City Hall. He said it represented the entire nation, not any individual.

Local media yesterday quoted opposition lawmakers as saying the bridge was opened to honor the 40-year anniversary of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany’s marriage. “The January 5 Sky Bridge was not for Hun Sen but for Cambodia,” Mr. Hun Sen said. “It’s just a coincidence that the inauguration happened on the same day as my wedding anniversary. I was just being invited to join by City Hall.” 

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Hun Sen continued, explaining that Techno is not a part of the Khmer language, so he gave a new name to the bridge based on the day of the inauguration. Without naming any specific lawmaker, Hun Sen said, “Stop causing trouble… he is just like his boss and that’s the reason why the party lost the election.”

Yim Sovann, spokesman for the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was quoted in local media the day before saying he did not care about the name but added there were many Cambodian heroes whose names could be used for a flyover. Mr. Sovann could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Besides having the January 5 Sky Bridge inauguration on his 40 years wedding anniversary, Mr. Hun Sen also officially announced yesterday a personal website (www.samdechhunsen.gov.kh) and a personal app. These will be used to publicize his activities and receiving information, he said.
 

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