20 Parties Register to Compete in Cambodia’s July Election

However, nine parties’ applications have yet to be approved, including the Candlelight Party, the only one with any chance of challenging Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP.

Twenty political parties have registered for Cambodia’s parliamentary election in July, the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced yesterday, though nine of them have not yet been approved, including the one opposition party of any significance.

According to The Associated Press, the nine outstanding applications are still under review, including that of the Candlelight Party (CLP), the only party with any chance of challenging Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

The NEC has requested that the CLP replace one of its candidates – the popular union leader Rong Chhun, who was released from prison in late 2021 after being convicted of “incitement to commit a felony” – and to provide additional documentation.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2023/05/20-parties-register-to-compete-in-cambodias-july-election/

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