Cambodia’s King Sihanouk has selected his son Prince Sihamoni, who lives in Paris, and has been a choreographer, as his successor. Prince Sihamoni is the only guy I’ve ever heard of that studied cinematography in Pyongyang. Yeah, North Korea. Yeah, cinematography.
(I know this site is your main source for Cambodian news. Don’t front!)
Cambodian strongman (I love that term) Hun Sen, as well as Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who heads the opposition party, are backing the King’s choice.
The NYTimes says of Sihanouk: “Although the country is now run by commoners, the king’s word, founded on a centuries-old royal line and strengthened by his personal charisma, remains almost impossible to defy.”
The Times also describes Sihamoni’s mom, Queen Monineath, as “The king’s current wife.” CATTY. (Sihanouk is renowned as a player.)
The coronation’s not going to be soon. I want to go over to Phnom Penh and write about it when it goes down. Any editors out there that want to buy me a plane ticket?