Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh Has Died

The second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, half-brother of current King Norodom Sihamoni, and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, has passed away in France on Sunday.

“Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9 am Paris-time,” Oum Daravuth, adviser to the secretariat of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk said.

Prince Ranariddh was a French law lecturer when his father called him to contest the 1993 elections organized by the United Nations as part of a peace process. 

With royalist sentiment strong, Prince Ranariddh won the elections, but four years later, his coalition partner and rival Hun Sen ousted him in the 1997 coup. 

Hun Sen remained the prime minister of Cambodia more than 20 years later.

Hun Sen wrote a letter of condolences to the family, friends, and supporters of Prince Ranariddh on Sunday, saying they were “heartbroken” at the news, calling Prince Ranariddh “a dignitary member of the royal family who was patriotic to the nation, religion, the king”.

According to an aide to Prince Ranariddh, who spoke on anonymity, Prince Ranariddh had been ill since their auto accident in Cambodia in 2018, where his wife died.

Prince Ranariddh was 77.

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