CAMBODIA: The Man Behind the Symbol

For almost 30 years, flamboyant Prince Norodom Sihanouk was revered as a "god-king" by what he called his "7,000,000 little Buddhas." Now it seems as if the same role has fallen, unbidden, upon ascetic Premier Lon Nol. Soon after he resigned last month, still semi-paralyzed in the wake of a near-fatal stroke, it became obvious that no one could even come close to forming an acceptable government without his mystically legitimizing presence. So last week, Cambodia resolved its 18-day government crisis by keeping Lon Nol on as a purely symbolic premier.

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