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Cambodia announces official mourning day for ruling party chief’s death

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PHNOM PENH,  (Xinhua) — Cambodia will hold an official mourning day for Chea Sim, president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and president of the Senate, on June 19, according to a circular signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday.

Chea Sim died of illness at his home in Chamkarmon district on Monday afternoon at the age of 83.

In the circular, Hun Sen said during his life time, Chea Sim had sacrificed both physical and mental energy for the causes of Cambodia’s peace and development.

“All ministries, institutions, schools, hospitals, pagodas, and civil servants, armed forces, as well as common people across the country must fly flags one-third below the top of the mast on June 19, 2015,” the circular said. “All radios and television stations must suspend broadcasting joyful spectacles on June 19, 2015.”

Chea Sim had suffered from diabetes and other illnesses for years before his death.

Born in November 15, 1932 in east Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province, Chea Sim served as the Minister of Interior between 1979 and 1981, and the President of the National Assembly between 1981 and 1993.

On October 17, 1991, the 14th CPP Central Committee’s Plenum elected him as the President of the CPP.

He was the President of the National Assembly from 1981 to 1998 and had been the President of the Senate since 1999 until his death.

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