The leader of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition party called for “genuine reconciliation” amid a political stalemate in the Southeast Asian nation in a message he delivered on the eve of the new year from his home in Phnom Penh, where he is being held in detention ahead of a trial for “treason.”
A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesperson mockingly told exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy that he would be greeted with “handcuffs and prison” upon his return.
Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Eysan on Monday hit back at claims from former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of being fearful about his potential return to Cambodia, as well as his speculation of an internal rift in the CPP.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy faced a backlash after narrowing his prediction that “99 per cent” of banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians would not seek the return of their political rights, saying “only two cheap, short-sighted officials” would do so. He has slammed the capital’s newly inaugurated Win-Win Monument, claiming it represents Hun Sen’s “treason”.
Forty-four political parties are registered to legally conduct activities in the Kingdom, according to an Interior Ministry report.
The Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) – a group claiming to be Cambodia’s “government in exile”, led by Sam Serey who had been accused by the government as a terrorist – is set to register as a legitimate political party later this month, after its members collected more than 5,000 thumbprints, its spokesman Thuy Vy said on Tuesday.https://bit.ly/2Vv8UaM; https://bit.ly/2LPNSza;