Council set to pick Sihamoni

PHNOM PENH: The stage has been set for a little-known son of King Norodom Sihanouk to be crowned Cambodia's next monarch after the king's surprise abdication last week. 

Prince Norodom Sihamoni, 51, a former ballet dancer and former Cambodian ambassador to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Paris, is all but certain to be selected by a nine-member throne council, which must convene and pick a new king by tomorrow. 

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