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Cambodia PM says his potbelly is hurting his golf swing

world Updated: Aug 08, 2016 17:31 IST
Hun Sen

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen walks on a golf course with Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while playing golf as they play golf in Siem Reap, north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP)

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his growing potbelly is getting in the way of his golf swing.

Hun Sen, who is known for his casual comments, went off track Monday while responding to a Facebook comment on his health to talk about his weight. He said someone had reposted on Facebook a 2-year-old video clip purporting to show he had suffered a stroke.

“If you need to broadcast the news of the prime minister’s health, you better say that the prime minister is worrying about his belly that is now getting big,” Hun Sen said in the southern Kandal province.

“Don’t say that the prime minister suffered a stroke. Better say that the prime minister is worrying his weight is increasing and at the same time his belly also getting big, which makes it difficult for my swing while playing golf.”

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen briefs the media after paying a traffic violation at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP)

Hun Sen, 64, went on to say that he has put on 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in recent days, attributing it to a lot of time spent sleeping in a car while touring the country as part of his program to visit all 25 provinces in the country to meet people.

Addressing the unidentified man who posted about Hun Sen’s alleged stroke, the prime minister said: “I wish to advise you that you better take care of your health, take care of your parents’ and grandparents’ health. You need not take care of Hun Sen’s health.”

Hun Sen is a self-styled strongman and one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers, with more than 30 years as Cambodia’s leader. He often talks about himself and his achievements.