Cambodian Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Vows to Lead ‘Tsunami’ of Supporters to Arrest PM Hun Sen

The acting president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy said Friday he will lead a “tsunami” of supporters to arrest Prime Minister Hun Sen and “liberate” party leader Kem Sokha from detention upon his return to the country from self-imposed exile next month.

“I will lead the people to arrest Hun Sen and he will have no choice but to allow himself to be arrested,” Sam Rainsy told RFA’s Khmer Service, speaking of his plans to lead a “restoration of democracy” in Cambodia, following the arrest of Kem Sokha on charges of treason in September 2017 and the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the CNRP two months later over an alleged plot to topple the government.

The ban on the political opposition, along with a wider crackdown by Hun Sen on NGOs and the independent media, paved the way for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to win all 125 seats in parliament in the country’s July 2018 general election.

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