Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong warned monks Thursday that if they do not follow orders to keep out of politics, they could create a rift within the monkhood that could threaten the very existence of Buddhism in the country. Mr. Socheatvong also said that if monks remain engaged in politics, the government might have to take away their right to vote in elections. “Now there are [people] using the religious sector—monks and Buddhism—for political purposes. This is a very dangerous problem,” Mr. Socheatvong told a crowd of about 60 monks and a similar number of Buddhist laymen who
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