Cambodian opposition parties struggle ahead of polls

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Another political party has withdrawn from Cambodia’s upcoming national election while the main opposition is struggling to meet deadlines to register for the July 23 poll amid speculation its senior leaders could face further litigation.

Citing a lack of funds and “that the political situation is still not free, fair and transparent” the Cambodian Reform Party announced it will not run. The League for Democracy Party has also said it will not participate in the ballot.

Only the long-ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP), which currently holds all 125 seats in the National Assembly, is capable of winning the election prompting an outcry from pro-democracy activists and threats of sanctions among Western countries.

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