A Cambodian prince and former prime minister has been injured and his wife killed in a head-on auto collision in the south-west of the country.
In this photo provided by Cambodia National Police, Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh's mangled auto sits on the side of a road after a collision with another vehicle outside Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Prince Norodom Ranariddh, a former prime minister and half-brother of the current king Norodom Sihamoni, suffered "some broken ribs" and leg injuries, Yim Savy, the secretary general of the Funcinpec party, told AFP.
Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were rushed to hospital after a taxi travelling in the other direction slammed into their motorcade in the Preah Sihanouk province on Sunday.
Phalla, 39, found fame in Cambodia as a classical dancer before marrying Ranariddh, died in a local hospital while Ranariddh was airlifted to the capital Phnom Penh.
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Ranariddh was travelling from the riverside town of Kampot to Preah Sihanouk as part of campaigning for controversial national elections set for July 29.
Relations between Ranariddh and Prime Minister Hun Sen - who is looking to extend his 33-year-grip on power - had always been fraught but the two former foes have reconciled in recent years. It holds 41 seats in the National Assembly, but only because seats held by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party were redistributed after CNRP was dissolved.
Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Cambodia, where road rules are weakly enforced. "From 2015 the Prince is the leader of the royalist party, FUNCINPEC (the" national front for an independent, eterlou, peaceful and cooperative Cambodia"), reminds news Agency TASS.
In 1997, he was overthrown as co-prime minister in a bloody coup and since his return to politics, had vowed to work with former rival and long-serving prime minister Hun Sen.
In 2015 Ranariddh was slightly injured when his vehicle was hit by a truck.