Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Hints at State of Emergency as Coronavirus Cases Trend up

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said he is considering requesting that King Norodom Sihamoni declare a state of emergency as the number of infections from the coronavirus neared 100 in his country.

Speaking to some 400 doctors, nurses, and volunteers in the capital Phnom Penh, Hun Sen warned that under a state of emergency, some freedoms would be curtailed, and urged human rights groups to refrain from criticizing the government.

“I am considering using article 22 of the constitution to request that the king place the country under a state of emergency,” the prime minister said.

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