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Cambodia imposes slot machine ban

11 December 2008

PHNOM PENH, Camboidia -- As reported by The Phnom Penh Post: "The government has ordered all slot machines at entertainment clubs to be removed, but will allow them to remain in many of the Kingdom's hotels, saying the change will improve security and public order.

"According to a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 2, 'the government has agreed in principle to open entertainment clubs equipped with slot machines at hotels in cities and some provinces.'

"To control abuse, the government will require companies running slot machines to get licences from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and only hotels that have certifications from the Ministry of Tourism will be allowed to house the machines, the new law stipulates.

"If a company refuses to move their machines into hotels within six months, the ministries of the Interior and Economy will withdraw their licenses.

"The prime minister's directive clearly reiterated that Cambodians are not allowed to go to an area designated for slot machines, adding that if this law is broken, the offending company's license will be immediately withdrawn..."

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