The atmosphere in Phnom Penh 20 years ago today was one of jubilation and optimism as then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk signed Cambodia’s new Consti*tution into law and reclaimed the throne as King. The promulgation of the Constitution—which marked the end of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia’s (Untac) mandate in the country—also signaled the close of the formal peace process after almost two decades of civil war, and the creation of one of the more outwardly liberal political systems in the region. The significance of the event was not lost on the newly crowned King as he emerged from
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