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Hun Sen issues ultimatum to end online gambling by end of the year

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PM Hun Sen. KT/ Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered authorities to end all online and arcade gambling in the Kingdom by the end of this year in a bid to safeguard security and public order.


According to a statement released by Council of Minister on Friday, Mr Hun Sen has ordered an end to all kinds of online gambling in the country, saying Cambodia would not depend on income from it.

“All kinds of online and arcade gambling in the Kingdom are illegal and that it must end all these businesses by the end of 2019,” it said. “Samdech Prime Minister said that Cambodia needed to develop the country base on natural and cultural heritage tourisms but not based on an income from online gambling.”

Mr Hun Sen last week signed a directive to ban all online and arcade gambling in the Kingdom. He noted that some licensed online gambling operations rigged their games and threatened those who are not able to repay their gambling debt.

The Chinese government also has expressed support for Cambodia’s decision to ban all online and arcade gambling, saying China stands ready to work with Cambodia to take effective measures to deepen law enforcement.

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