Norodom Sihanouk (born in 1922) is an Cambodian politician, king 1941-1955, prime minister 1955-1970, when his government was overthrown by a military coup led by Lon Nol.
With Pol Pot's resistance front, he overthrew Lon Nol 1975, and again became prime minister 1975-1976, when he was forced to resign by the Khmer Rouge.
He returned from exile in November 1991 under the auspices of a United Nations-brokered peace settlement to head a coalition comprising all Cambodia's warring factions (the Khmer Rouge, however, continued fighting). He was reelected king after the 1993 elections, in which the royalist party won a majority.
Why is Norodom Sihanouk famous?
Norodom Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and 1993-2003.