The new year is set to begin with a highly anticipated wedding joining—once again—two powerful families, that of Prime Minister Hun Sen and that of the late national police commissioner Hok Lundy.
Hun Sen’s daughter, Hun Mana, will marry Dy Vichea, Hok Lundy’s son, on Jan 1 and Jan 2 with a two-day celebration in Kandal province and Phnom Penh, Hun Sen confirmed in a speech Monday at the National Institute of Education. The wedding will start at the prime minister’s residence in Kandal province at 1 pm Jan 1, and a reception will be held at 5 pm Jan 2 at the Mondial Center in Phnom Penh, he said.
Hok Lundy’s death in a helicopter crash in November did not alter the plans of the couple, who were already engaged at the time of his death.
“It is their right to marry if they love each other; it is not about a political alliance,” said CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap, who said he will attend.
The two families are already united by the marriage of the prime minister’s son Hun Manit with Hok Lundy’s daughter Dy Chindavy. The alliance doesn’t end there: Dy Vichea was previously married to his future bride’s cousin, Hun Chantha. Hun Mana also divorced last year from Moeung Kumpheak, the son of RCAF three-star general Moeung Samphon.
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