Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting For The King

Hantu Laut

Ten of thousands thronged the roads from the airport leading to the palace wearing white shirt and black ribbon waiting for the motorcade that will pass along the highway to take the body of King Norodom Sihanouk to the palace. Some cried, carried flowers, lit candles, burned incense and prayed.

Whatever have been said of this man he is still very popular and highly respected by his people in life and in death.He served as prime minister and twice as king before abdicating the throne in 2004.

He has been known as hero of independence, communist collaborator, eccentric playboy, and a cunning monarch and prime minister. 

Though they killed five of his children he eventually made peace with the Kymer Rouge. Almost 2 million of his countrymen perished in an orgy of genocide by the Kymer Rouge. 

He spent the rest of his life in China.

His son and successor, King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen accompanied the royal casket from Beijing to Phnom Penh.

His body will lay in state for next few months .

Phnom Penh

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