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Phnom Penh sweeps beggars ahead of summit

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Phnom Penh is taking peddlers and beggars off its streets in an attempt to improve its image ahead of the Asean summit to be held from Nov 18-20. 

According to the Phnom Penh Post, Municipal Hall spokesman Long Dimanche announced on Friday that street vendors and beggars would be "collected" and taken to the Prey Speu social affairs centre, a type of detention facility, for the duration of the summit. 

The action is necessary to make a good impression on visiting delegations and world leaders, particularly US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the spokesman.

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