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In pictures: Cambodia's Victory Day

Cambodia's ruling party celebrates 'Victory Day' to mark the overthrow of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime.

Omar Havana |

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The nation has been celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1979 victory that overthrew the regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The ruling Cambodian People's Party commemorated the day - known as Victory Day - with an event on Phnom Penh's Koh Pich island, which was attended by tens of thousands of CPP supporters.

During the event, presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany, senior CPP leader Heng Samrin praised the achievements of his party's rule, stating "we have realised these achievements neither with ease nor without taking up challenges, struggle and making sacrifice".

In reference to the ongoing political deadlock with the opposition and the recent violence between security forces and demonstrators, Heng Samrin also condemned "certain political forces and ill-willed circles" for having "made constant attempts to deceive history from white to black and vice versa to inflict adverse attacks on the leadership of the Cambodian People's Party to realise their strategic ambition for power".

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