Cambodia’s emerging opposition mulls poll boycott

Ruling Cambodian People's Party accuses opposition of 'preparing for a tantrum'.

The Candlelight Party, which has emerged as the main opposition from the ashes of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), is threatening to boycott Cambodia’s June 5 commune elections amid allegations of threats and intimidation by ruling party officials.

Talk of a boycott has also strengthened as the courts wrap up mass trials of more than 100 CNRP supporters who have been charged and in many cases convicted of incitement or treason and jailed.

Former CNRP politicians and supporters who have been “rehabilitated” and joined the Candlelight Party say they have been harassed and detained by authorities in recent months.

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