Cambodian ruling party chief Chea Sim dies of illness

Updated: 2015-06-08 19:45


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PHNOM PENH -- Chea Sim, president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and president of the Senate, died of illness on Monday afternoon at the age of 83, a CPP spokesman confirmed.

"He died at 3:45 p.m. (local time) on Monday due to illness," CPP's spokesman Chhim Phalvarun told Xinhua over telephone. "He was one of the top and revered leaders. His passing-away is a great loss for the nation and the Cambodian people."