Cambodia politics as high-stakes game of chicken

Long-exiled opposition politician Sam Rainsy plans to return home on November 9 to mount a pro-democracy protest authorities vow to crush.

“This may be the last time that you see me alive, or as a free man,” Sam Rainsy, the exiled leader of Cambodia’s now-dissolved main opposition party, said last week in a Facebook video post.

To restore democracy, the opposition politician said, “I have no option left but to return to Cambodia in a non-violent way.”

On November 9, Sam Rainsy and other exiled leaders of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to lead thousands of Cambodians on a march across the Thai-Cambodian border to demand political change in their homeland.

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