Cambodian PM appoints lawyers to monitor rivals

Hun Sen mulls laws to ensure only sole Cambodian citizens can contest polls.

Authoritarian prime minister, Hun Sen, warned on Jan. 9 that he will initiate legal action against opposition politicians who attack his long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) as the country gears up for national elections in mid-July.

He said CPP lawyers had been tasked with monitoring politicians for potential legal action, including the emerging opposition Candlelight Party, which won about 22 percent of the popular vote in commune elections held in June last year.

“Do you want to become an enemy of the CPP? If you want to win the election, you can promote the political agendas of your party,” he said adding: “Why do you have to attack the CPP? I warn you that we will not let you accuse the CPP of being a thief [stealing the ballots].”

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