Cambodia prince hurt, wife killed in crash

Cambodia prince hurt, wife killed in crash

The former Cambodian prime minister has been seriously injured in a auto crash which killed his wife and injured at least seven others on Sunday.

In this photo provided by Cambodia National Police, Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh's mangled auto sits on the side of a road after a collision with another vehicle outside Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

"He [Prince Ranariddh] suffered injury and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Sihanoukville", Maj Gen Narin said.

Ranariddh, the head of the royalist Funcinpec party, was riding with his wife Ouk Phalla in a campaign convoy in southwest Cambodia on Sunday when a taxi going in the other direction hit their vehicle head-on.

Cambodia will hold a general election next month in which both Ranariddh and his wife were standing as candidates. The hospital in Phnom Penh where Ranariddh was treated declined to comment on the prince's medical condition. The Prince and his wife were hospitalized, but to save the woman failed.

When Ranariddh's Funcinpec party won the 1993 general election, it formed a coalition government with the Cambodian People's Party, led by Hun Sen, and the two men served as joint prime ministers.

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Ranariddh is the second son of influential late monarch Norodom Sihanouk and half-brother to current King Norodom Sihamoni.

Ranariddh is also president of the Supreme Privy Advisory Council to King Norodom Sihamoni.

In 1997, Ranariddh was overthrown by Hun Sen in a bloody coup.

Last year, the country's main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved and its leader was charged with treason.

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Cambodia, where road rules are weakly enforced. He slid into political irrelevancy, as FUNCINPEC became co-opted by Hun Sen, a much more savvy and tougher politician than Ranariddh. Highways also lack dividers while speed limits are often ignored.

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