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Prime Minister Hun Manet Attends Royal Ceremony Honoring Dr. Non Nget

Phnom Penh, June 21, 2024 – Prime Minister Hun Manet participated in a solemn royal ceremony this morning, honoring Dr. Non Nget, the Acting King of Cambodia, as he enters his 101st year. The event took place in Phnom Penh, celebrating a lifetime dedicated to Buddhism and public service.

Born on April 25, 1924, Dr. Non Nget has been a pivotal figure in Cambodian religious and cultural life. He began his monastic journey at 21, remaining a monk until 1975 when political upheavals forced him and other monks to return to secular life. Following Cambodia’s liberation on January 7, 1979, Dr. Nget was among the first to be reordained, solidifying his role in revitalizing Buddhism in the nation.

He has been instrumental in re-establishing the Buddhist institutional hierarchy in Cambodia, including the positions of High Priests across various administrative levels. Dr. Nget has played a crucial role in structuring the National Assembly of Monks and stabilizing the monk community post-conflict. His efforts have ensured continuity in Cambodia’s religious practices and governance.

Throughout his life, Dr. Nget has consistently presided over significant religious ceremonies and has been an essential figure in the dissemination of royal decrees to the Buddhist community. His contributions have shaped modern Cambodian Buddhism, bridging its rich traditions with the needs of contemporary society.

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