Sihanouk: Cambodia's last true king
A mourner carries a portrait of the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. The cremation, the climax of seven days of mourning, will take place Monday.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:13 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - When the flames at the cremation ground are quenched and Cambodia's former monarch Norodom Sihanouk's ashes scattered on Phnom Penh's riverfront, the mighty Mekong River may well carry away the country's last true king, a towering figure in a procession of more than 100 monarchs stretching back 2,000 years.
Today, Cambodia has a new king, but he holds little of the power that Sihanouk once wielded. Instead, a poor farmer's son and onetime communist commander, strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, now occupies the dominant position that Sihanouk represented for years.
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Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:13 pm.