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King Father to Return for New Year


Former king Norodom Sihanouk will return from medical treatment in Beijing ahead of the new year, officials said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Tuesday morning during a Phnom Penh bridge inauguration the former king and queen would "enjoy Khmer New Year with their children and grandchildren in Cambodia."

Sihanouk will arrive April 7 and stay throughout the elections, according to a royal family member who asked not to be named.

Sihanouk, 85, often travels to Beijing for medical treatment and has been there since the end of November 2007.

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