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Cambodian PM heads huge business empire: watchdog

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen releases birds in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom PenhCambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family have built a multi-million-dollar business empire spanning the impoverished country’s most lucrative sectors, a watchdog said Thursday, warning foreign investors against bankrolling his regime. Hun Sen, a former army commander who defected from the Khmer Rouge, has dominated Cambodia’s political scene during a 31-year reign marred by accusations of corruption, electoral fraud and rampant rights abuses. During that time the wily premier has also used his position to hand control of swaths of the country’s economy to his family, the UK-based watchdog Global Witness detailed in a report Thursday.

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