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Cambodian Parliament Expels Former Royalist Party Leader

Cambodia's parliament has stripped former royalist party leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh of his legislative seat.

National Assembly officials announced Tuesday that Norodom Ranariddh was expelled because he had been removed from his post in the royalist party.

FUNCINPEC leaders fired the prince in October, complaining that he spent more time outside the country than tending to his duties at home.

Norodom Ranariddh has also been plagued by allegations of corruption and had only mediocre success in managing FUNCINPEC's relationship with its coalition partner, the ruling Cambodian People's Party.

Hoping for a political comeback, Nordom Ranariddh took over a small, little-known party last month and renamed it after himself. However, that party holds no seat in Cambodia's parliament.