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Cambodia’s ruling party marks 61st anniversary, hailing remarkably national development

PHNOM PENH, June 28 (Xinhua) — The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on Thursday commemorated the 61st anniversary of its birth, highlighting its significant roles in maintaining peace and political stability and in bringing remarkable development to the country since the fall of the Democratic Kampuchea regime in 1979.

The celebration was presided over by the party’s honorary president Heng Samrin, who is also the president of the National Assembly, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, the party’s vice-president.

The party’s president and head of the Senate, Chea Sim, failed to attend the event due to health problems.

“Under the leadership of the CPP, Cambodia is making a swift and energetic step on the path of development,” Heng Samrin told the gathering of about 13,000 supporters at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.

He said since the collapse of the Democratic Kampuchea regime in 1979, the CPP has led efforts to restore and reconstruct the country from scratch. To date, the party has scored various major achievements for the nation.

“Now, the country is full of peace, stability and sound economic development,” he said.

Meanwhile, Heng Samrin, on behalf of the CPP, reaffirmed that the party would continue to support the candidacy of Hun Sen for the post of Prime Minister for the fifth term, in which the general elections will be held in July next year.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in power for 27 years.

The CPP, formerly known as the Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party, was founded on June 28, 1951, aimed at leading the struggle to win independence from the French colonialism at that time.

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