The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia

Charges against a political analyst were dropped on the urging of a Zoom-bombing prime minister.

Political life in Cambodia, as difficult as it may be, follows five-year election cycles, resulting in long and drawn-out maneuvering by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) – and the lead-up to the polls in 2023 is shaping up to be no different.

It’s a scenario that involves cajoling, threats, arrests, and at times outright thuggery, matched by conciliation, a combination that was in full play this week with Prime Minister Hun Sen asserting his inimitable style over the much-depleted opposition ranks.

In the crosshairs was political analyst Seng Sary who, from exile in Thailand, had outlined six hypothetical scenarios for the formation of a coalition government that could potentially include Sam Rainsy, the exiled ex-president of the court-dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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