Cambodian leader promises again to stop smoking

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has vanquished virtually every foe in almost three decades in power but admits he can't do the same against his smoking habit.

He promised to do so Thursday at the inauguration of a dam in western Cambodia but admitted promising that at least 10 times before.

The 61-year-old leader said the temptation overcomes him mostly when he plays chess, an addiction equal to the one he has with nicotine.

He claims to light up three cigarettes a day at most.

His vows to stop date at least to 1997, when he said he would quit when his daughter graduated from school. Declarations to stop when all five of his children married, and later when he had grandchildren, also went up in smoke.

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