Cambodia on Saturday slammed the Embassy of the United States to Cambodia for a misleading comment concerning the legal case of former Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha.
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy vowed again on Friday to go back to Cambodia after more than three years abroad, defying threats by ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen to arrest him but declining to set a clear date for his return.
A senior former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) official has said he believed Prime Minister Hun Sen would win the wager on the legal status of party co-founder Kem Sokha that Sam Rainsy made with him.
Sam Rainsy’s promise return to Cambodia is a gamble with Hun Sen and foreign governments.
Mayor Robert Garcia made history when he became the city’s first sitting mayor to visit Cambodia last month.
Cambodia must work during the next 18 months to destroy the opposition party at the local level before European Union trade sanctions come into effect, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a phone call to government officers leaked to social media on Thursday.
Senior government officials and analysts have slammed Sam Rainsy for not allowing uncomfortable questions at a recent public forum in the US, considering it a gross violation of democratic policy and freedom of expression, and labelling Rainsy a dictator.
Cambodia also urged the international community not to interfere in its internal affairs and respect its sovereignty.
Almost half a century ago, the U.S.-backed Gen. Lon Nol led a coup in March 1970, overthrowing Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk while the monarch visited Moscow.
Cambodia is scheduled to hold the third election for 4,114 municipal, provincial and district councilors on May 26, the National Election Committee (NEC) said on Saturday.
Sam Rainsy left Cambodia in 2016 facing a number of lawsuits filed by senior officials.
Cambodia needs to recalibrate its relationships with the US and EU, or risk becoming overly reliant on China.
The deputy president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Mu Sochua, has written to the EU about alleged threats against CNRP acting President Sam Rainsy and other former party lawmakers and activists in Cambodia and abroad.
The European Union and rights groups say the Cambodian government‘s move to dissolve the main opposition party would be a serious blow to democracy that undermines the credibility of elections next year.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy once again claimed he will return to the Kingdom this year.
The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia on Friday issued a statement singling out the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not the US government itself, as the culprit in the 1970 Lon Nol coup d’etat, apparently mocking last week’s denial by the US Embassy in Cambodia of its country’s involvement.
Last week’s declaration by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen calling for the armed forces, led by his son Hun Manet, to “destroy” the already outlawed opposition confirms what many had feared, even as the international community and the United Nations have been generously silent on Hun Sen’s violent words, which have often been translated into lethal action.
Claims of threats to the country’s sovereignty are vastly exaggerated and miss the broader point about how foreign economic relations work.
Cambodia renewed calls on Monday for the arrest of veteran opposition chief Sam Rainsy as it faces the threat of sanctions from the European Union, its biggest garment export market worth billions of euros a year, over human rights concerns.
A spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People's Party has warned that "a third party" might kill opposition leader Sam Rainsy if he tries to return to Cambodia.