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Politics Puts Throne 'Under Risk': Former King

Former king Norodom Sihanouk has asked that his name be kept out of the history of the founding of the Funcinpec party, in order to maintain a throne "under threat."

According to a signed letter obtained to VOA Khmer meant for the former king's Web site, Sihanouk asks that all Cambodians refrain from attaching his name or the name of his supporters to the establishment of Funcinpec, the ruling government's coalition party.

Sihanouk has held great political sway in the past, but he abdicated the throne in 2004 and has said in the past he wants to distance himself from politics.

Funcinpec suffered a resounding defeat in local polls last year, but Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will keep it as the ruling Cambodian People's Party coaltion partner.