Norodom Sihanouk

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Date of Birth October 31, 1922
Place of Birth Cambodia
Date of Death Oct 15, 2012 (89)
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Norodom Sihanouk

Norodom Sihanouk was head of state of Cambodia numerous times. In Cambodia, he is known as Samdech Euv. During his lifetime Cambodia was variously called the French Protectorate of Cambodia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Khmer Republic, Democratic Kampuchea, the People's Republic of Kampuchea, and again the Kingdom of Cambodia. Sihanouk became king of Cambodia in 1941 upon the death of his maternal grandfather, King Monivong. After the Japanese occupation of Cambodia during the Second World War, he secured Cambodian independence from France. He abdicated in 1955 and was succeeded by his father, Suramarit. Sihanouk's political organization Sangkum won the general elections that year and he became prime minister of Cambodia. He governed it under one-party rule, suppressed political dissent, and declared himself Head of State in 1960. Officially neutral in foreign relations, in practice he was closer to the communist bloc.

Predecessor: Sisowath Monivong
Successor: Norodom Suramarit
Coronation: 24 September 1993
Predecessor: Chea Sim (Regent)
Successor: Norodom Sihamoni
Burial: 13 July 2014 (interment of ashes), Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Issue: 14
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About Norodom Sihanouk

The former King of Cambodia who was in power from 1941 to 1955 and then again from 1993 to 2004. He notably proclaimed Cambodia's independence in 1945.

Before Fame

He was educated in Saigon, Vietnam.


He has also served multiple terms as Cambodian Prime Minister, president, and sovereign prince and the Guinness Book of World Records named him as the politician who has been in the greatest variety of political offices.

Family Life

He and his wife of more than five decades, Norodom Monineath, had 14 children.


He was threatened with a coup attempt by Cambodian general Lon Nol in 1970.

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