Cambodian opposition party formally barred from July election

Anger mounts after trade union leader Chhim Sithar jailed for incitement and causing social unrest.

Cambodia’s Constitutional Council has formally barred the opposition Candlelight Party (CLP) from contesting the July 23 national election with human rights groups accusing the government of escalating a long-running crackdown ahead of the poll.

According to the official Agence Kampuchea Presse, a decision by the National Election Committee (NEC) to not register the CLP or the smaller Khmer United Great Nation Party was upheld during a plenary session held here on May 25 morning under President Im Chhun Lim.

No reason was provided for its ruling.

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