06 Apr '11, 12pm

Straits Times: Cambodian ex-king returns from China #Cambodia #Sihanouk

Straits Times: Cambodian ex-king returns from China #Cambodia #Sihanouk

Cambodia's former king Norodom Sihanouk (left) and his wife former queen Norodom Monineath wave from their car upon their arrival at Phnom Penh international airport. -- PHOTO: AFP PHNOM PENH - CAMBODIA'S ailing former king Norodom Sihanouk returned home on Wednesday from Beijing where he spent nine months receiving medical treatment, officials said. Mr Sihanouk and his wife were given a red-carpet welcome by family members, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior government officials upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport. A smiling Mr Sihanouk, 88, pressed his hands together and kissed them in a traditional greeting to well-wishers before getting into a car that whisked him off to the royal palace. One of Asia's longest-serving monarchs, the revered king abruptly quit the throne in October 2004 in favour of his son, citing old age and health problems. Prince Sisowath Chivan ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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