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Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Return Bring People Power to Cambodia, Or Something Else?

Despite the opposition figure’s optimistic assessment, the outlook following his possible return to Cambodia remains unclear.

In about nine weeks, Cambodia opposition figure Sam Rainsy will presumably return to his country, along with other exiled CNRP politicians, after spending the last four years in exile. Or that is what he has promised, anyway. Previous such pledges have failed to materialize.

At this stage, it remains to be seen whether he will return on November 9, Cambodia’s independence day, as he has failed to come back twice this year despite promising dates to do so. But a statement released this week nevertheless make his intentions clear.

“To seek to re-establish democracy in the face of blind power which refuses dialogue with an opposition of which it denies the very existence, I have only one lever: a direct appeal to the people to use “People Power” as in the Philippines in 1986,” he wrote in his statement “Why I Have Decided To Return To Cambodia.”

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2019/09/will-sam-rainsys-promised-return-bring-people-power-to-cambodia-or-something-else

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