A spokesman for the Phnom Penh municipal government on Monday said former Prime Minister Pen Sovann, who died on Saturday, would not receive the public cremation the opposition CNRP wants because the privilege was reserved for serving senior officials only.

A founding member of the Khmer Rouge defectors who helped topple Pol Pot in 1979, Pen Sovann became the first prime minister of the government that came next in 1981. Bristling under the thumb of the new regime’s Vietnamese overlords, however, he was arrested after only a few months on the job and spent the next 11 years in prison and under house arrest in

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