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Cambodian leader Hun Sen hospitalized in Singapore

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves to the crowd in Phnom Penh on Jan. 7, 2019, during an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime. (Kyodo)

PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world's longest-serving rulers, has been hospitalized in Singapore for treatment to his shoulder, he wrote on his Facebook page Sunday.

"After thorough treatment by physicians between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Singapore time, the pain in my right shoulder was successfully resolved," he said, posting a photo of himself seated and wearing a hospital gown.

Hun Sen, 66, said he was advised not to play golf for a while.

Besides thanking well-wishers praying for his early recovery, he also responded to an online commenter hoping for his early demise, saying he is not wanted by the afterlife for the next 40 years.

"Instead, I am needed to continue serving the people and to eliminate the traitors in order that I can maintain peace and development of the country," he said.

In May 2017, the former Khmer Rouge guerrilla who has dominated Cambodian politics for more than three decades was hospitalized in Singapore for a fatigue-related illness.

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