Prime Minister Hints at Declaring State of Emergency; Criticizes Price Gouging

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday he was considering the possibility of declaring a state of emergency, though he said it in the middle of an irate speech criticizing price gouging.

Speaking to volunteer doctors and healthcare professionals in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said the pharmacists still have time to decrease the price of face masks, adding they could lose their business license and that all masks would be confiscated from their shops.

“I am checking the possibility of using Article 22 of the Constitution to ask the King to place the country under state of emergency,” he said, immediately after making the threat to shutdown pharmacies.

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