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Cambodia 1985 issue, Scott's catalog # 637 CTO, Son Ngoc Minh, Cambodian Communist Party Leader. This stamp is without defects, has no damage, with nice fresh color, and nice light cancel.
Son Ngoc Minh (1920-1972) was born at Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam to an ethnic Khmer father and a Vietnamese mother. He became a Buddhist lay preacher (Achar), and was recruited by Vietnamese communists to serve as President of a newly formed Cambodian People's Liberation Committee (CPLC) in Battambang. Minh had been born in a Khmer district of southern Vietnam of mixed Khmer-Vietnamese parentage, which meant he was the nearest the Vietnamese had to an authentic Khmer revolutionary. His nom de guerre was intended to capitalise on the popularity of Sihanouk's banished rival, Son Ngoc Thanh, then still languishing in exile in France.
Son Ngoc Minh was the leader of the first nationwide congress of the leftist Khmer Issarak groups, which founded the United Issarak Front. In 1950, he formally declared Cambodia's independence after claiming that the UIF controlled one third of the country. Along with Tou Samouth, Minh founded the Khmer People's Revolutionary Party (KPRP) in August 1951.
Minh remained a senior figure in the Party, albeit largely operating from Hanoi in North Vietnam, until 1972, when at the request of Ieng Sary he was sent to hospital in Beijing to be treated for high blood pressure. Minh died in Beijing on 22 December. His death further lessened the influence of the Hanoi-trained communists on the Party, correspondingly increasing the power of the hardline Party 'Centre' led by Pol Pot.
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