Cambodia’s opposition split descends to bickering

The divide between leading opposition figures Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha grows wider as the war of words heats up.

The apparent breakdown of Cambodia’s opposition partnership, after Kem Sokha last weekend fired off a rare rebuke of his ally Sam Rainsy, has descended into a shouting match.

One of Sokha’s daughters this week accused Rainsy of “racism” and “sexism,” while his other daughter, an important figure in opposition circles, called the self-exiled opposition figure “a narcissistic, abusive, gaslighting, sociopathic partner.”

In 2012, Rainsy and Sokha agreed to merge their respective parties to create a united opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). It narrowly lost to the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) at the following year’s general election, but was forcibly dissolved in November 2017 on unsupported accusations of plotting a US-backed coup.

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