The Funeral of a King

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 2:40 am


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The Funeral of a King

Sadly, the King Father of Cambodia, King Norodom Sihanouk will be laid to final rest

By Antonio Graceffo

In Honor of His Majesty, King-Father Sihanouk, the heart of the Khmer people. Through more than 7 decades of turbulent history, King Shanouk has been the single most powerful inspiration and hope to the Khmer people. In 1956, after  Cambodia was awarded independence from France, King Norodom Sihanouk renounced his title, becoming Price Sihanouk, so he could stand as Prime Minister. As Prime Minister of the first, independent and democratic Cambodia, Prince Sihanouk lead the country through the greatest period of peace, prosperity and modernization in the troubled nation’s history. He was ousted in a military coup in 1970. In 1975, he returned to the country to serve as King under the Khmer Rouge, but was placed under house arrest. He lived in exile in Beijing and Pyongyang during most of the Vietnamese colonial period, during which time he also spoke in New York, condemning the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. In the 1980’s and 90’s, under the Reagan Doctrine, Sihanouk and his supporters received limited financial and military support from the US to counteract the Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge occupation of Cambodia. Finally, in 1993, he was reinstated as King of Cambodia. He abdicated his throne in 2004, citing ill-health but many believe it was a protest against the current government. Since 2004, his son King Norodom Sihamoni has served as king.

King Sihanouk has universally been recognized as one of the world’s greatest political leaders, having served more years and in more capacities than any other person in history. Many observers saw the King as the balance of power in Cambodia. Now that His Majesty has died, the balance is gone.

Let us all say a prayer for the people of Cambodia, who have lost their King Father.


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