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Hun Sen Named Acting President of Ruling Party

From left: Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Senate President Chea Sim, Prime Minister Hun Sen, attend ceremony, Phnom Penh, Jan. 7, 2014.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has been named acted president of the Cambodian People’s Party, temporarily taking over duties for Chea Sim.

Chea Sim, 83, is a party stalwart and head of the Senate. He has fallen ill in recent months and has not appeared at key CPP events.

Chhim Phal Vorun, a spokesman for the party, said the position is temporary, and a permanent replacement is not being considered.

“We need not think about that yet,” he said.

A bodyguard for Chea Sim said he is recovering in a hospital in Vietnam and will return to Cambodia for the upcoming Chinese New Year.