Cambodia's leaders, among them Head of State Cheng Heng, Deputy Premier Sirik Matak and General In Tam, first vice-premier, yesterday (Monday) took part in colourful ceremonies to mark the birth of Buddha.
LV Buddhist stupa and PAN to girl and men soldiers waiting.
SV PAN Buddhist monks arrive out of coach.
GV and SV Cheng Heng arrives in car and greeted by General In Tam and walks to platform and kneels (2 shots)
MV female and male soldiers.
SV Cheng Heng stands at attention as National Anthem is played.
MV Band playing and PAN to girls singing anthem.
MV and SV flags raised (2 shots)
SCU PAN girls singing.
MV Cheng Heng places flowers on Buddhist altar.
SV other members of new cabinet at altar.
SV Members of government light candles on altar (2 shots)
MV traditional music being played.
GV troops and crowd look on and old man praying (2 shots)
GV Monks seated.
MV and SV soldiers and crowd look on (3 shots)
SV Monks receive rice from In Tam and Sok Chong.
MV and PAN to GV rice and gifts being handed out to monks.
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Background: Cambodia's leaders, among them Head of State Cheng Heng, Deputy Premier Sirik Matak and General In Tam, first vice-premier, yesterday (Monday) took part in colourful ceremonies to mark the birth of Buddha.
The centre of the capital, Phnom Penh, was sealed off as the leaders made the traditional offerings of food to the saffron-robed monks.
Prime Minister Lon Nol, recovering from a crippling stroke, was not present at the ceremonies, but Monday's newspapers carried a message in which he urged the people to support the new government formed last week after an 18-day vacuum caused by Lon Nol's resignation announcement.
Cambodia is by tradition a devoutly Buddhist country, and its leaders lay stress on the religion as a counterweight to Communism, which is depicted as an anti-Buddhist movement.