He was inaugurated and formally appointed as King on 29 October 2004.King Sihamoni and his parents, King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, specifically requested that the ceremonies not be lavish because they did not wish the impoverished country to spend too much money on the event.Heavy political pressure from the United States and the USSR led to a withdrawal. The Suez Canal was closed from October 1956 until March 1957.Israel fulfilled some of its objectives, such as attaining freedom of navigation through the Straits of Tiran, which Egypt had blocked to Israeli shipping since 1950.


The episode humiliated the United Kingdom and France and strengthened Nasser. Britain and France issued a joint ultimatum to cease fire, which was ignored.He had previously refused an appointment as Cambodia's ambassador to France.The king is also fluent in French and is a conversational speaker of English and Russian.In February 2018, Cambodia passed new legislation making it an offence to insult the king.Some Cambodian opposition figures have criticized the acquiescence of the king, describing it as too lenient towards Hun Sen's decades-long rule in the kingdom.

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