Cambodia king confirms abdication

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk has confirmed he is determined to abdicate. In a letter read on radio and TV and posted on his website, he said he was too ill to continue. His son, Prince Ranariddh, has travelled to Beijing, where the king is receiving medical treatment, to ask him to reconsider. In his first public comments on the abdication, PM Hun Sen said lawmakers must work “day and night to prevent the country becoming a republic”. The prime minister said he had proposed King Sihanouk’s other son, Norodom Sihamoni, to become the next king. The deadline for picking a new monarch was 14 October, Hun Sen said. Full Story

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