Cambodia opens $1.2 mn monument to late king

Cambodia has inaugurated a USD 1.2 million monument honouring the country`s late king to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Phnom Penh: Cambodia has inaugurated a USD 1.2 million monument honouring the country`s late king to mark the first anniversary of his death.

The government on Friday unveiled a 4.5-meter (15-foot) bronze statue of late Norodom Sihanouk. It stands inside a 27-meter (100-foot) tall shrine in the capital, Phnom Penh.

The widely beloved former king helped Cambodia secure independence from France in 1953.

In the months after his October 15, 2012, death from a heart attack, hundreds of thousands came to pay their respects at the Royal Palace.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and current King, Norodom Sihamoni, attended the monument`s inauguration.

Analysts question King Sihamoni`s ability to be an effective political broker, a role his father often played, in Cambodia`s current stalemate between Hun Sen`s ruling party and the opposition.