(Phnom Penh): The body of late Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is to arrived Phnom Penh International Airport at 5 a.m. in the early morning of Thursday, March 16, 2017.
The Royal Governement of Cambodia arranged a direct flight from Beijing to Phnom Penh carrying the body of late deputy prime minister Sok An and his relatives.
The council of ministers has announced that deputy prime minister Sok An has died at 6:32 p.m., March 15, 2017 after a long battle with illness, at the age of 66 years old.
Late Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is widely recognized as having assisted the prime minister in concluding the Paris Peaxe accord in 1991, for establishing the UN-backed Khner Rouge tribunal formally known as the ECCC, for inscribing the world reknown Preah Vihear temple into UNESCO world heritage list, and for preservation and restoration of the Angkor archeaological site which helps attract millions of tourists to Cambodia.
The Takeo born late deputy prime minister Sok An is best known for leadership style as a “professor” within the government. As a legal academic, he founded the Royal School of Administration and the Royal Academy of Cambodia. As a family man, he was a workaholic who enjoys working until late at night.
Hun Mani, head of Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia and a member of parliament, wrote on his Facebook page: “Cambodia has lost another hero who has given his entire life for the sake of this nation.”
He added that Sok An was “a husband, a father, a grandfather, a hero and a great role model for our generations. May his soul Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult times.”