Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday taunted opposition groups who wish to see him dead by telling them to wait until the next lifetime, and claiming himself to be healthy and strong.
Mr Hun Sen said he exercises on a regular basis and obtains enough energy to deliver speeches in public forums.
“Some people said Hun Sen is now sick. Let’s wait until Hun Sen is dead […] They [opposition groups] are using this [rumour] as propaganda to get rid of me. I’m telling you, wait until the next life,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen said opposition groups are intentionally praying for his death in an attempt to form an illegal movement to overthrow the government.
“Hun Sen sometimes is fat and sometimes is thin. This is my personal strategies,” he said. “If you wait until Hun Sen dies in order to overthrow the government, please wait until the next life,” he added.
The premier said to the opposition groups that his family members maintain good health and long life because they take good care of their health by exercising regularly.
In November last year, exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy offered Mr Hun Sen a bet that former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, who is currently on bail awaiting trial, would have his treason charges dropped between December 29 and March 3.
As time is running out, Mr Rainsy has repeatedly declared his wish to return to the country, but gives no certain date of his arrival, despite calling on his supporters to gather and oppose Mr Hun Sen’s government.
Mr Rainsy yesterday took to Facebook and said Mr Hun Sen has withdrawn from and cancelled the wager by unilaterally changing its initial terms and conditions.
Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath urged both Mr Hun Sen and Mr Rainsy to remove the wager and negotiate for a political solution to ensure national interest.
“I think it’s just so funny for politicians to make a bet over someone’s freedom. They should stop this,” he said. “Mr Sokha is innocent. We should offer him justice and the court should speed up its investigation in his case.”