Released Former Opposition Official ‘Will Return to Politics’

A former opposition official who was released from prison this week has said he will return to politics and challenge the unopposed rule of the Cambodian People’s Party.

Meach Sovannara, the former public affairs chief of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was released from prison along with 13 fellow party activists on Tuesday.

The CNRP supporters and former officials were jailed on various charges for taking part in anti-government protests after the 2013 election. In November, the CNRP was dissolved and its leader, Kem Sokha, jailed on treason charges. The CPP won all 125 seats in parliament in a general election last month, making the first time since 1993 that a Cambodian government will be formed in the absence of an opposition voice in parliament.

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