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Beware the shoguns

Beware the shoguns

The Editor,

It was very nice to see your esteemed newspaper publishing our King's point of

view on his possible abdication and his possible choice for a successor to the Throne.

I would like to say how wise His Majesty the King is in declining to support his

younger son Prince Sihamoni to succeed to the Throne, because a powerless young King

will encourage strong military persons to grab this opportunity to institute a shogun-style

of government, given that our National Assembly is merely a rubber-stamping institution.

Oriental history has shown that the shogun will always make the king of a powerless

royal house dance to the tune that the shogun wants. I hope this will not happen

again to our beloved Royal Kingdom of Cambodia, where foreign shoguns have already

forced our kings to dance during the last century.

- Veak Rin Van

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