Pro-French forces consolidate power in Cambodia
17 October 1945. On orders from Lt. Col. Murray, Allied Supreme Commander for Cambodia, Japanese troops in Phnom Penh disarm the Green Shirts, a nationalist militia formed three months earlier. The same day, the king’s uncle, Prince Sisowath Monireth, replaces the detained Son Ngoc Thanh as prime minister. Two days later, a new six-man cabinet is sworn in with very few changes in its make-up but with an informal mandate to negotiate with the French.