Cambodian opposition leader calls election exclusion anti-democratic

Cambodia’s general election is scheduled for Sunday, but the main opposition Candlelight Party has been excluded from the ballot. Its leader is calling for the international community to step in.

In an interview with NHK, Teav Vannol criticized the decision to disqualify his party over allegedly incomplete paperwork. He said, “Excluding the Candlelight Party is like killing democracy in our country.”

18 political parties, including the ruling Cambodian People’s Party led by long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen, will take part in the general election. As the main opposition is not allowed to join, observers say the ruling party is all but certain to win.

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