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Opposition party lawmaker 'stupid', 'a spy': PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen once again lashed out at Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Son Chhay yesterday, calling him an “ignorant man or stupid” in response to criticism of the premier’s wish to change the constitution to reflect the government’s updated information on the size of Cambodia.

“There is someone, a spy, who said that … it is not necessary to amend the constitution. He is very stupid,” the Prime Minister said yesterday during a speech given at a graduation ceremony held on Koh Pich island, rehashing an oft-repeated claim made by the premier that the opposition lawmaker once acted as his spy.

“I know the constitution. I know it clearly,” he added, noting that the constitution should be adjusted to reflect the use of newer maps when defining Cambodia’s territory.

Earlier this month, the premier said he would look into changing Chapter 1 Article 2 of the constitution, which currently defines the country’s borders according to French colonial maps.

Son Chhay could not be reached for comment yesterday and SRP spokesman Yim Sovann declined to comment in detail, saying only that it was Hun Sen’s right to speak as he wished and listeners’ right to form their own opinions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meas Sokchea at sokchea.meas@phnompenhpost.com

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