Dancers perform during the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) ceremony marking the 39th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7, 2018. (AFP / TANG CHHIN Sothy)
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Cambodian premier Hun Sen led a huge rally Sunday marking the anniversary of the fall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, seizing the opportunity to burnish his image as savior of the nation.Tens of thousands of people attended the event organised by Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party, which has dominated the country since it was installed by the Vietnamese forces which toppled Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot on January 7, 1979 .Speaking before a sea of supporters on Sunday, Hun Sen took credit for the stability and growth his government has overseen since the Khmer Rouge era.Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge cadre who later defected and joined the resistance, frequently reminds the public of Cambodia's horrific past and warns that fresh unrest could break out if his government is ousted.
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