Amid a standing ban on public assembly across Phnom Penh, the ruling CPP gathered some 20,000 of its supporters on Tuesday to mark the 35th anniversary of the fall of the Pol Pot regime, with senior party leaders using the occasion to attack the opposition and defend the CPP’s latest contested win at the polls. Prime Minister Hun Sen and many of the CPP’s top brass presided over the brief festivities on Koh Pich to remember January 7, the day in 1979 that Vietnamese forces toppled the Khmer Rouge. But in his keynote address, National Assembly President Heng Samrin—the CPP’s
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