epa03433592 (FILE) Picture dated 1998 shows Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk greeting his supporters as he attends the annual water festival in Phnom Penh. Heir to the Khmer tradition of the devi raj, or semi-divine ruler, thrice prince and twice king, prime minister and chief of state of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk has been both vilified for his mercurial political posturing and the air of legitimacy he gave to his onetime captors, the murderous Khmer Rouge, and lauded for his efforts to keep his small emerald land out of the conflagration raging in neighbouring Vietnam. Occasionally held as a political prisoner in his own country, he has been twice exiled to China, led a national resistance against the Vietnamese occupation that had put paid to the living nightmare of the Khmer Rouge, given back his nation's crown by adoring throngs, and lived long enough to see
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