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ARTS The fact that centuries-old sculptures, stylised dances and architecture still spellbind the modern visitor speaks volumes. The Khmers’ astounding architecture and sculpture reached its zenith during the Angkorian era, exemplified by Angkor Wat, the many temples of Angkor Thom and the sublime carvings of Banteay Srei. Many of the finest Khmer sculptures are on display at the sublime National Museum (p72) in Phnom Penh. Perhaps more than any other traditional art, the royal ballet of Cambodia is a tangible link with the glories of Angkor.
Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact, and no visitor comes away from Cambodia without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom. CURRENT EVENTS FAST FACTS C A M B O D I A • • C u r re n t E v e n t s The veneer of democracy is wearing thin in Cambodia. Elections come around every five years, but the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) continues to control the military, the police, the civil service and the judiciary, so there is no separation between party and state.
A new constitution was drawn up and adopted, and Norodom Sihanouk once again became king. The government was a volatile coalition of Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s National Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia (Funcinpec) and Hun Sen’s CPP. Although they were co– prime ministers, the real power was wielded by Hun Sen, the erroneously named second prime minister, whom the Vietnamese had originally installed. As the bickering intensified, he overthrew First Prime Minister Ranariddh during a July 1997 coup.
A Handbook of Asia Minor: Volume IV.2 Cilicia, Antitaurus, and North Syria by Great Britain Admiralty