Cambodia’s Former Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Blasts ‘Attempt to Break Up CNRP Leadership’

Cambodia’s former opposition chief Sam Rainsy on Tuesday dismissed recent comments by Minister of Interior Sar Kheng who said the release of current opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha from pre-trial detention last week would create a power struggle between the two men.

Over the weekend, Sar Kheng told ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) supporters in Prey Veng province that the government “has no reason to harm or kill Kem Sokha,” who was freed on bail on Sept. 10 and placed under virtual house arrest, a year after he was arrested on treason charges widely seen as politically motivated.

“However, we are very concerned that he might be harmed now that he is released,” the minister said in a video of the speech posted to his Facebook account.

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