9 October 1945. Lt. Col. E. D. Murray is sent to Phnom Penh by General Gracey to release Allied prisoners of war, disarm the Japanese and re-establish order. He is accompanied by a platoon of Gurkhas and some support personnel. Members of the Cambodian cabinet soon convince him that Prime Minister Son Ngoc Thanh should be removed from office. Shortly after his arrival, French officials are released from detention and other civilians from house arrest. Hailed as a ‘liberator’ by the semi-official newspaper Cambodge, two days later Murray flies back to Saigon where he convinces Gracey that Thanh should be arrested by the French. Their recently arrived commander, General Leclerc, agrees.
9 October 1945. The Higashikuni cabinet that was formed one day after the Japanese surrender comes to an end. Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni resigns after a dispute with the American occupation forces over the repeal of the 1925 Peace Preservation Law. A new government is formed by the prewar diplomat Shidehara Kijūrō.
9 October 1945. Peace negotiations between Thailand and Great Britain hit another snag when British negotiator M. E. Dening demands in Kandy, Ceylon, that Thailand accept his proposals, a course resolutely opposed by Thai Prime Minister Seni Pramoj. The talks break off as Dening is called away to deal with matters in the Netherlands Indies.