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Cambodian prince and politician Norodom Ranarid dies at age 77

Phnom Penh – Former Cambodian Prime Minister Norodom Ranarid, the son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, died in France on Sunday, intelligence minister Kieu Kanharis announced on a Facebook page. He was 77 years old.

Kieu Kanharis, who said he learned of the death from Um Dalabs, a member of the Cambodian royal family, did not reveal the cause of death.

Ranarid has been in poor health since the car accident in Cambodia in 2018. Ranarid’s aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk to the media, went to Paris in late 2019 and had a pelvic fracture.

Ranarid’s career has always been behind his charismatic father Sihanouk and his wise and ruthless political rival Hun Sen. Hun Sen remains prime minister.

Sihanouk exchanged his position as son of Sihanouk, but lacked his father’s strong personality and political ingenuity. Ranarid’s half-brother, Norodom Sihamoni, became king in 2004 after the abdication of Sihanouk, who died in 2012. Sihamoni’s Facebook page confirmed Sihamoni’s death.

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Ranarid, a French-educated legal scholar, entered public life in 1983 when he took over the leadership of Funcinpec.

Lanarid converted Funcinpec to the Royalist Party and won a UN-sponsored election in 1993. The election was part of the Khmer Rouge collapse and the 30-year post-civil war peace process.

Hun Sen’s post-election threat to unleash the security forces he was still in control led him to be appointed second prime minister under Ranarid.

After Hun Sen coup d’etat with his partner in a lightning-fast military takeover in 1997, Funcinpec fell strongly under Hun Sen’s influence. Ranarid made several comebacks and founded the Norodom of Cambodia Narid Party in 2006, but was destined to remain a marginal political player.

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Ranarid’s last position was the chief adviser of his half-brother, King Sihamoni. He was also the leader of the Remains of the Funcinpec Party, which announced late Sunday that his body would soon be sent back to Cambodia.

Ranarid’s second wife, Ouk Phalla, is a classical dancer who was more than 30 years younger than him, who had two children, and died in a car accident in 2018.

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Cambodian prince and politician Norodom Ranarid dies at age 77

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