Cambodia PM threatens on opposition return

Cambodia’s prime minister has threatened to deploy the military if leaders and supporters of the disbanded main opposition party return from exile in what he would regard as an attempted coup d’etat.

At least 30 opposition activists have been arrested this year and accused of plotting to overthrow the government before the planned return from self-exile of Sam Rainsy, founder of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), on November 9.

In a ceremony on Monday in the capital, Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Rainsy’s return would be an incursion by forces seeking to overthrow his government.

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