NA President Offers Fire for Late Samdech Sok An’s Cremation

AKP Phnom Penh, March 19, 2017 —

Late Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, was cremated this morning, at around 09:45 am at the crematorium in front of Botum Vattey Pagoda, Phnom Penh.

Cambodian top leaders, including Acting Head of State Samdech Say Chhum, National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross, and many other senior officials as well as foreign diplomats accredited to Cambodia and local and foreign guests attended the cremation ceremony.

Vice President of Indonesia H.E. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand H.E. Tanasak Patimapragorn and Lok Chumteav Naly Sisoulith, Spouse of Lao Prime Minister H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, were also present on the occasion.

Before the cremation, Samdech Say Chhum read the eulogy, then Samdech Heng Samrin offered fire for the cremation of Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An.

Samdech Sok An’s body was moved early this morning from his residence in Sangkat Boeung Raing, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh to the crematorium site in a procession attended by civil servants, guests and members of his family.

Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, also a Lawmaker for Takeo constituency, passed away on Mar. 15 in Beijing, China at around 18:32, at the age of 66 years old after a long battle with illness.

Born on April 16, 1950 in Kirivong district, Takeo province, Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An has played a key role in the peace seeking process in Cambodia and in establishing the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) or the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He was also recognised for the listing of the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and for the leadership of APSARA National Authority which is tasked to be responsible for research, protection, and conservation as well as the urban and tourist development of the Angkor Archeological Park.

By C. Nika

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