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A screenshot of the Facebook live video, posted on Hun Sen's Facebook page, that got San Bunthoeun fired from the Bodyguard Unit.

PM Bodyguard Fired for Phnom Tamao Criticism

Two prime ministerial bodyguards who moonlight as social media pundits are being discharged over their broadcasts, one for drunken antics in a bid to boost viewership and the other for criticizing Phnom Tamao deforestation.

Prime Minister Hun Sen walks with four bodyguards Nam Phiron, Long Da, Khut Sokhon and Orn Sothyrath. (Fresh News)

PM Bodyguards Promoted to Be Official Assistants

Prime Minister Hun Sen has promoted 25 people to be his official assistants, including a bodyguard who has received land on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake and another who was nearly scammed online by a 14-year-old.

A guard sleeps in a hammock in front of fenced-off land in Prey Nob district's Bit Traing commune in Preah Sihanouk province on December 1, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Ex-Bodyguard Unit Deputy Arrested After Clash Over Land

Military police arrested a former general in the prime minister’s bodyguard unit and nine others who clashed with an investment company over land in a dispute-ridden area of Preah Sihanouk province, local officials said.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks in Prey Veng province on July 13, 2019, in a photo posted to Kheng’s Facebook page.

Removed Hun Sen Bodyguard Receives Interior Ministry Promotion

A soldier who was removed from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit over his involvement in a land dispute has this month been made an adviser to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, according to government letters and court documents.

Hun Manet speaks at the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit, in Phnom Penh on September 9, 2020, in a photo posted to Manet’s Facebook page.

‘Bamboo Shoot’ Hun Manet Stands In for Father at Military Ceremony

Hun Manet presided over a military ceremony in lieu of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday, making a speech in front of government ministers and high-ranking officials in what one analyst said was a display of his intention to eventually succeed his father.