CAMBODIA: Honorable Comrade

For 14 years Norodom Sihanouk was King of Cambodia and a frolicsome young monarch was he. He played the sax and composed jazz, kept a stable of race horses and a troupe of dancing girls, produced and acted in his own movies, collected concubines and fast cars. But at the age of 29, Sihanouk discovered the great game of politics.

Last year Sihanouk abdicated the throne, became his own Premier and promulgated a brave pro-Western anti-Communist policy. But after a Tammany-style general election (which he won 100%), Sihanouk found the responsibilities of the premiership niggling, and appointed himself a kind...

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