• Short Summary

    The confused political situation in Phnom Penh following the resignation two weeks ago of the Prime Minister, General Lon Nol on grounds of ill health began to take some shape earlier this week with the announcement that the General has now been made Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

  • Description

    The confused political situation in Phnom Penh following the resignation two weeks ago of the Prime Minister, General Lon Nol on grounds of ill health began to take some shape earlier this week with the announcement that the General has now been made Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Sirik Matak is his deputy, and also Prime Minister. This creates an interesting precedent with the Prime Minister a deputy to the Commander-in-Chief. But in the background is perhaps the most interesting figure of all - Son Ngoc Thanh. A former Prime Minister under the Japanese, he has had many meetings with Lon Nol and Sirik Matak lately, and is considered certain to play a leading role in the new government.

    As the political scene sorts itself out, life in Phnom Penh continues apparently unchanged. The population of the Cambodian capital has adapted to life on a war-footing. This production illustrates their life, and includes film of Son Ngoc Thanh visiting a government building.

    SYNOPSIS: The outward signs of life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh do not reflect the political tension that has reigned here for two weeks, following the resignation of Prime Minister General Lon Nol.

    For two weeks, various army officers and civil servants refused to follow the orders of General Nol's stand-in, Sirik Matak. But now, the situation's been sorted out, to some extent. General Nol has been made Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Sirik Matak is his deputy....and Matak is also Prime Minister. But perhaps the most interesting figure is Son Ngoc Thanh. He was Prime Minister under the Japanese, and now has been seeing more and more of Lon Nol and Sirik Matak. He's certain to play a role in the new government. In the meantime, life continues as normal.

    One of the main complaints of the youth of the city, as always, is corruption. They claim that the removal of Prince Sihanouk has done nothing to end this. And they're at odds with the government about the war....not the war itself, but the way it's run. And the government, for its part, has settled the political tension in a noval way. With Sirik Matak both Prime Minister and deputy Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces, deputy to the popular General Nol, who commands widespread support, an interesting precedent has been created. The Prime Minister is deputy to the Commander-in-Chief.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA87UCDL6DANWMZ2ONCSOAH8LWV
    Media URN:
    VLVA87UCDL6DANWMZ2ONCSOAH8LWV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment