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Cambodia History Timeline

1900s continued

  • (1985) Hun Sen became prime minister
  • (1989) Vietnamese troops withdrew. County renamed State of Cambodia. Buddhism reestablished as state religion
  • (1991) Peace agreement signed in Paris, Sihanouk became head of state
  • (1993) Three-party coalition formed, Norodom Ranariddh became prime minister, Sihanouk reappointed as king
  • (1993) Country renamed Kingdom of Cambodia
  • (1994) During government amnesty, thousands of Khmer Rouge guerrillas surrendered
  • (1997) Deputy Prime Minister, Hun Sen, staged coup against Prime Minister Ranariddh, replaced by Ung Huot
  • (1997) Khmer Rouge tried Pol Pot, sentenced him to life in prison
  • (1998) Prime Minister Ranariddh tried in absentia, found guilty of arms smuggling, pardoned by King Sihanouk
  • (1998) Pol Pot died while in hiding
  • (1998) In elections, Hun Sen became prime minister, Ranariddh president of National Assembly
2000s
  • (2003) Diplomatic upset occurred with Thailand following comments by Thai TV star that Angkor Wat temple complex stolen from Thailand
  • (2003) Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh attacked following TV star's comments
  • (2004) Prime Minister Hun Sen reelected
  • (2004) Cambodia became member of World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • (2004) King Sihanouk abdicated, succeeded by son, Norodom Sihamoni
  • (2005) Prime Minister Hun Sen signed controversial border agreement with Vietnam
  • (2008) Troops from Cambodia and Thailand moved to disputed land near ancient Preah Vihear temple
  • (2008) Fire exchange in disputed border area between Cambodia and Thai troops killed two Cambodian soldiers
  • (2009) Cambodia sent 20 asylum-seekers back to China
  • (2009) China increased aid to Cambodia
  • (2010) Diplomatic relations were resumed with Thailand
  • (2011) Cambodia brought espionage charges against two Thai citizens arrested after crossing disputed border
  • (2011) Cambodian, Thai forces exchanged fire at disputed border area
  • (2011) Cambodia, Thailand agreed to withdraw troops from disputed area
  • (2012) Genocide Court sentenced Khmer Rouge jailer to life in prison for his role in running prison where at least 15,000 men, women, children were killed
  • (2012) ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) met in Phnom Penh over North Korea's planned rocket attack
  • (2012) Government suspended granting land to private companies for development
  • (2012) Former King, Norodom Sihanouk, died of heart attack
  • (2012) Government approved Lower Sesan 2 hydroelectric dam project on Mekong tributary
  • (2013) Bill passed in Parliament making denial of atrocities committed by Khmer Rouge in the 1970s illegal
  • (2013) In Parliamentary elections, ruling party claimed victory, opposition alleged irregularities
  • (2013) Protests held in Phnom Penh over election results
  • (2013) Parliament approved five-year term for Hun Sen
  • (2014) Authorities evicted anti-government protesters from public square, banned all public gatherings
  • (2014) Security forces killed three during protest by garment workers demanding higher wages

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