Cambodia allows banned politicians to seek lifting of curbs

Cambodia’s Parliament on Thursday (Dec 13) amended the law to let banned politicians petition the government for a return to politics, which could see restraints lifted for more than 100 members of the main opposition party, dissolved last year.

The politicians were barred by the Supreme Court last year, after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government accused the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) of plotting to take power with the help of the United States, allegations both have denied.

The amendment to the Political Party Law followed steps by the European Union (EU) in November to end Cambodia’s duty-free trading access, after a general election in July returned Mr Hun Sen to power, with his party winning all seats in Parliament.

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