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PM Pays Last Tribute to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his spouse led a delegation to pay their last respects to the late Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, at his residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on March 18.

Sok An had recently been given the title “Samdech Vibol Panha”, which translates to “Lord of Greatest Wisdom”.

The official cremation ceremony in honour of the late Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers began on Sunday morning.

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

During the procession, the concerned streets and boulevards were temporarily closed for order and security reasons.

Sok An, also a lawmaker for the Takeo constituency, passed away on March 15 in Beijing, China at the age of 66 after a long battle with illness.

Born on April 16, 1950 in Kirivong district, Takeo province, Sok An 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.

Source: Lao News Agency