Officials to Mark Anniversary of Late King’s Death

Hundreds of officials from more than 40 government ministries and state institutions will lay wreaths at the statue of the late King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of his death.

“It is time to remember the third anniversary of the king, the king that saved his nation, religion and people,” said Chhin Tetana, secretary- general for the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festival.

The committee has sent a letter to government ministries and institutions asking them each to assign 30 delegates to attend the ceremony at the statue built in honor of the late monarch and statesman on Sihanouk Boulevard.

“The commemoration ceremony will be on the 15th and there will be laying of the wreaths at 7 a.m. at the statue,” Mr. Tetana said.

Yim Sovann, spokesman for the opposition CNRP, said the party would send officials to join the ceremony—as it did last year—if it received an invitation.

Norodom Sihanouk, who in 2004 abdicated the throne to his son, King Norodom Sihamoni, died in 2012 of a heart attack at the age of 89.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that King Norodom Sihanouk died in 2013. He died in 2012. 

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