Ung Huot
Ung Huot is a Cambodia
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n political figure.

Ung moved to Australia
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 in the early 1970s, as Cambodia's civil war was beginning. He settled in Melbourne
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 and proclaimed himself a leader of the Cambodian expatriate committee in that city. He moved back to Cambodia in the early 1990s as the communist government was falling, and became a high-ranking official in the Funcinpec
FUNCINPEC is a royalist political party in Cambodia. Before the 2008 election, FUNCINPEC and the Cambodian People's Party formed a coalition government, although FUNCINPEC's significance has decreased steadily since 1998, when it had an equal relationship with the CPP in the coalition.FUNCINPEC is...

 party. He became the minister of education, and in 1994 he left that post to become foreign minister
Foreign minister
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In July 1997, Funcinpec leader Norodom Ranariddh
Norodom Ranariddh
Prince Norodom Ranariddh is the second son of former king Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia and a half brother of the current king, Norodom Sihamoni.-Biography:...

, who was serving as first prime minister, was deposed by second prime minister Hun Sen
Hun Sen
Hun Sen is the current Prime Minister of Cambodia.He has been the sole leader of the Cambodian People's Party , which has governed Cambodia since the Vietnamese-backed overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979...

 of Funcinpec's rival and coalition partner, the Cambodian People's Party
Cambodian People's Party
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. Hun invited Ung to become first prime minister to replace Ranariddh. Ranariddh's father, King Norodom Sihanouk
Norodom Sihanouk
Norodom Sihanouk regular script was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his semi-retirement and voluntary abdication on 7 October 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni...

at first refused to recognize the arrangement, but Ung became first prime minister in August 1997 after being elected by Parliament. Many, particularly within Funcinpec , accused Ung of being a puppet, and he was forced to leave Funcinpec and form his own party, the Rastra-Niyum party. In the 1998 elections, the Rastra-Niyum party did not gain any seats in Parliament, and Ung was forced to resign from the posts of first prime minister and foreign minister, leaving Hun to be the sole prime minister.
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