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Likely Successor to Cambodian Throne Named - 2004-10-10


The Cambodian Prime Minister says Prince Norodom Sihamona may be named successor to King Norodom Sihanouk, who announced his abdication last week.

Speaking in Phom Penh Sunday, after returning from a Europe-Asia summit in Vietnam, Hun Sen said Prince Sihamona, a former ballet dancer, may be put forward for election by a Throne Council Thursday, if his father does not reverse his decision to step down.

Under Cambodian law, the nine-member Royal Throne Council must choose a replacement of royal blood within one week of abdication.

The 81-year-old monarch stunned Cambodia Thursday when he announced he is stepping down citing poor health.

Another son of the king, Prince Norodom Ranariddh flew to Beijing Saturday in a bid to persuade his father to reconsider, but says he appears to have made up his mind.

Prince Ranariddh says he does not want the job.

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