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Cambodian politics a one-man show after death of ruling-party veteran

Chea Sim, seated, attends the funeral of former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Feb. 1, 2013. (Photo by Sebastian Strangio)

PHNOM PENH -- The recent death of Chea Sim, a key figure in Cambodia's politics since the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, has put a spotlight on the future of Prime Minister Hun Sen, his longtime ally and one of the world's longest-serving national leaders.

     Chea Sim died on June 8 at the age of 82. For more than three decades, he had been a pillar of the country's ruling establishment, serving for years as president of the formerly communist Cambodian People's Party, as well as president of the country's senate.

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