On 13 March 1945 Norodom Sihanouk, as king of Cambodia, declared independence from France. It was a bold move on the part of the young king because the French could replace him with another Khmer prince if they could regain their colonial rule over Cambodia again.
Who brought independence to Cambodia?
The French government granted Cambodia internal autonomy on January 4, 1946. Seven French soldiers were killed in violence in Siem Reap province on August 7, 1946. Parliamentary elections were held on September 1, 1946, and the Democratic Party (Pak Pracheatipatey) won a majority of the seats in the National Assembly.