The former king of Cambodia died in China

The former king of Cambodia died in ChinaThe Cambodian government today officially announced that former king Norodom Sihanouk died in Beijing at age 89. The cause of death, according to one of the close confidants of the former monarch, was a heart attack.Norodom Sihanouk became king in 1941 at the age of 18. He is considered a symbol of Cambodia's independence, which the country has made in 1953 from its former colonial ruler France, reminds ITAR-TASS.After that, a small country in Southeast Asia has experienced a difficult period of foreign invasions, coups, civil wars and the terrible reign of the Khmer Rouge, who tried bloody methods to build a "peasant communism" by Maoist recipes.In 60-ies Norodom Sihanouk proclaimed ideology of the so-called Buddhist socialism and tried to hold a neutral policy that has collapsed due to the war in neighboring Vietnam. In the 70-m to year he was overthrown in a coup, organized by the Pro-American politician LON Nolom.Sihanouk then fled abroad. After the establishment of the Chinese-backed regime of the Khmer Rouge returned home. However, Sihanouk was actually under house arrest in his Palace. Most of the relatives and friends of the king were killed in the massive repression that claimed the lives of three out of seven million people in the country.The regime of the Khmer Rouge was overthrown in an uprising of some military units, actively supported by the Vietnamese troops.Sihanouk then headed anti-Vietnamese agitation the government in exile, which included some representatives of the Khmer Rouge. It has supported a guerrilla war against the new government in Phnom Penh, which generally ended with the peace agreements in Paris in 1991.In 1993, Norodom Sihanouk returned to the throne of the king and as a neutral figure played a significant role in the political life of the country.On the sixth of October 2004, Norodom Sihanouk because of failing health gave his powers to his younger son, Norodom Sihamoni.The former king of Cambodia always been known for good love of life. Director, musician, football player, at 82, he even started his blog on the Internet, in which she shared with compatriots optimism, despite the fact that was already very sick with cancer.It is expected that king Norodom Sihamoni will arrive today in Beijing to pick up his father's body home, where the funeral ceremony will be held the funeral. Source: Former king of Cambodia died in China.



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