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Prayers to be held for late King Sihanouk

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A ceremony to honour King Norodom Sihanouk. KT/Mai Vireak

Prayers commemorating late King Norodom Sihanouk are expected to be held today on Memorial Day.

The National Committee for National and International Festivals yesterday said the prayers will mark King Sihanouk’s achievements during Cambodia’s struggle for independence, national reconciliation, unification and development.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng yesterday said all public and private institutions are required to display a photo of the late King.

Mr Sreng said all institutions must also join officials in prayer, while monks will lead prayers at pagodas.

“All preparation for the mass prayer must be suitable to honour the King,” Mr Sreng said, adding that the municipal information department must promote the King’s story and highlight his achievements, while police must provide security and order as high-ranking officials pay tribute at the Samdech Preah Borom Ratanak Kod Statue near Independence Monument.

Long Dimanche, ambassador to South Korea, yesterday said the embassy will open its doors to the public.

“He died six years ago, but he is still in the hearts of all Cambodians,” Mr Dimanche said. “He spent all of his life finding peace and independence for the country.”

Memorial Day honours memories of the late King Father, who earned independence from France in 1953. Events are to be held across the country to highlight his achievements.

King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne in 1955. A 1970 military coup ousted his rule and he fled to China and North Korea. He was enthroned again in 1993.

King Sihanouk stepped down in 2004 in favour of his son King Norodom Sihamoni.

King Sihanoukdied on October 15, 2012 in Beijing at the age of 90.

His body was flown back to Cambodia two days later by his son and Prime Minister Hun Sen. State flags flew at half-mast and the government announced a mourning period for the King.

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