• Short Summary

    FIFTY-SIX YEAR OLD LIEUTENANT-GENERAL LON NOL, PREMIER AND DEFENCE MINISTER OF CAMBODIA, IS NOW SAID TO BE THE MAN HOLDING POWER IN THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING THE COUP WHICH DEPOSED PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK AS HEAD OF STATE.

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    FIFTY-SIX YEAR OLD LIEUTENANT-GENERAL LON NOL, PREMIER AND DEFENCE MINISTER OF CAMBODIA, IS NOW SAID TO BE THE MAN HOLDING POWER IN THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING THE COUP WHICH DEPOSED PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK AS HEAD OF STATE. GENERAL NOL'S DEPUTY PREMIER, AND THE NEXT MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN THE COUNTRY, IS PRINCE SISOWATH SIRAK MATAK, ALSO 56.

    PRINCE SIHANOUK WAS OVERTHROWN TODAY (WEDNESDAY, 18 MARCH) IN A BLOODLESS COUP, WHILE HE WAS IN MOSCOW SEEKING SOVIET BACKING FOR HIS EFFORTS TO GET VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES OUT OF CAMBODIA.

    THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAID THAT A MEETING OF THE ROYAL COUNCIL AND THE ROYAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HAD DECIDED TO REMOVE PRINCE SIHANOUK.

    GENERAL NOL HAD BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS (PREMIER) AND MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE SINCE AUGUST, 1969. IN A MINOR CABINET RESHUFFLE ON JANUARY 31ST THIS YEAR HE ALSO TOOK THE PORTFOLIO OF MINISTER OF INFORMATION.

    HE HAD LONG BEEN A POLITICAL AIDE OF PRINCE SIHANOUK AND HAD BEEN CONSIDERED HEIR-APPARENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    EDUCATED AT THE KHMER ROYAL ACADEMY, HE WAS NAMED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ROYAL ARMED FORCES IN 1960, DEPUTY PREMIER IN 1963 AND PREMIER IN 1966 - BUT HE RESIGNED THE FOLLOWING YEAR AFTER A MOTOR ACCIDENT. HE WAS IN PARIS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM OCTOBER LAST YEAR TO FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

    PRINCE SIRIK MATAK, WHO IS PRINCE SIHANOUK'S COUSIN, ACTED AS PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENCE MINISTER DURING THE ABSENCE ABROAD OF PRINCE SIHANOUK AND GENERAL LON NOL.

    HE HAS SERVED AS MINISTER FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS AS WELL AS AMBASSADOR IN TOKYO AND PEKING. SINCE AUGUST LAST YEAR HE HAS BEEN FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IN CHARGE OF THE INTERIOR, CO-ORDINATION OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, ORDER, SECURITY AND NATIONAL EDUCATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2OR7NKCFSESFL082QH49AD3WS
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OR7NKCFSESFL082QH49AD3WS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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