A former communist and - briefly - a member of the Khmer Rouge - he was last reappointed by parliament in September for a further five-year term, in the face of mass demonstrations and opposition allegations of fraud in the July elections. Since seizing power from his then co-prime minister, Prince Ranariddh, brother of the then king, Sihanouk, in , critics believe Hun Sen has become increasingly authoritarian, using a mixture of electoral fraud, corruption and intimidation to maintain quasi-dictatorial rule.
Many Cambodian newspapers and private broadcasters depend on support from political parties. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his allies control several outlets.
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Imprisonment can be imposed for "spreading false information or insulting public officials", Freedom House reports. Mam Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio, one of the few outlets critical of the government, was jailed for 20 years in on charges he helped foment a secessionist rebellion.
After the empire's decline, its heartland shifts south to Phnom Penh and becomes modern-day Cambodia. Sihanouk becomes head of state. Sir Kim Darroch steps down as Boris Johnson faces criticism for not fully backing him.
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Asia country profiles. T hailand has seen multiple cases in recent months where elephants have killed their handlers or attacked tourists.
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A petition on Change. Handlers and tour operators have long argued that tourism provides much needed income and employment for people - and for domesticated elephants that would otherwise risk abandonment and starvation. But Jack Highwood, from the Elephant Valley Project, a Cambodian eco-tourism group, said the country only boasted about 70 domesticated elephants - "too small a number not to regulate their use to protect their health and welfare.
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