Cambodian Prince Readies Return to Political Life

Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s comeback is unlikely to amount to much in electoral terms – but is convenient for the ruling CPP.

Former Cambodian Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh is preparing to return to political life, more than two years after a fatal car accident that nearly claimed his life.

According to his party, the 77-year-old prince plans to once again take up the leadership of Funcinpec, a royalist party that he led to victory at elections in 1993 and has ruled on and off for much of the past three decades.

Funcinpec spokesperson Phan Sithy said in a press conference last week that Ranariddh’s health had improved following long-term medical treatment in France, and that he would return to lead the party at a party congress scheduled for February 27. “His health is much better, he walks on his own, has said a lot,” Sithy said.

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