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Norodom Sihamoni

In 2005 Norodom Sihamoni completed his first full year as king of Cambodia. In October 2004 he had succeeded his father, King Norodom Sihanouk, who abdicated because of poor health-and, some speculated, because doing so would ensure that he could influence Cambodia's official nine-member Throne Council to select his choice of a successor. The 52-year-old Sihamoni, the elder of Sihanouk's two sons with his last queen, Monineath, had spent much of his life outside Cambodia. Although Sihamoni was reportedly reluctant to become king, he accepted the role of monarch after a unanimous vote of approval by the Throne Council

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