Privy Councilor Passes Away

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Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak with Hun Sen. Supplied

Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak, the former deputy president of the Senate and current privy councilor to King Norodom Sihamoni, passed away yesterday at the age of 80, a senior official at the Royal Palace said.
The king’s cabinet chief, Oum Daravuth, confirmed with Khmer Times that Prince Chivan Monirak passed away yesterday morning as a result of a chronic illness, which he did not reveal.
“Prince Chivan Monirak was transferred to the Royal Phnom Penh Hospital for treatment three months ago, but was recently sent back home,” he said.
“Three days before he died, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath visited him at his home.”
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith posted on his Facebook page about the prince’s death but did not mention the cause.
“Prince Sisowath Chivan Monirak, a privy councilor to His Majesty the King, passed away at about 10:45am on December 28,” the post said.
Prince Chivan Monirak served as first deputy president of the Senate for the royalist Funcinpec party from 1999 until 2012.
Mom Bun Neang, a spokesman for the Senate, told Khmer Times: “I haven’t received information about Prince Chivan Monirak’s death yet.”
Mr. Bun Neang recalled when the prince, after two terms in office as first deputy president of the Senate, was elected by parliament to be a member of the Senate in March 2012.  
“At that time, Prince Chivan Monirak offered to resign his post as senator, just a week after he was elected by the Senate, due to ill health. Then he worked as a privy councilor for the Supreme Privy Council,” he said.

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