Cambodia’s Domestic Politics in the Spotlight at the United Nations

With protests planned in New York, the Southeast Asian state’s politics is set to be on display this weekend.

On Wednesday, the long-time leader of Cambodia’s opposition movement, Sam Rainsy, said via Twitter that he wouldn’t participate in mass protests planned in New York this weekend as Prime Minister Hun Sen visits to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.

Sam Rainsy, who has been in exile since late 2015, saw the opposition party he co-founded and for which he previously served as president, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), forcibly dissolved last November and barred from running in July’s general election. Without the CNRP on the ballot, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party easily won the election, taking all seats in the National Assembly. The international community called the election illegitimate and some financial sanctions have been imposed on Cambodian officials (more have been threatened).

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