Hun Sen: Opposition will rue his death

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has derided rumours he suffered a stroke, warning that if he were to die prematurely the country would spin out of control and the opposition could expect trouble from the armed forces.

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Hun Sen spoke Tuesday during a visit with disabled people in southern Cambodia. He scotched the rumours on Monday by meeting with former Singaporean foreign minister George Yeo.

Hun Sen also warned the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party that if it did not end its boycott of the National Assembly, the ruling Cambodian People's Party would act alone until the assembly completes its term. The opposition has made several demands, including early elections and electoral reforms. Hun Sen said he is willing to grant their demand to operate a television station.

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