Cambodia’s main opposition party barred from July election

Disqualification means the ruling Cambodian People’s Party under Hun Sen is likely to sweep the election as it did in 2018.

Cambodia’s election commission has disqualified the Candlelight Party, the country’s main opposition party, from contesting July’s election in a move that will allow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to run virtually unopposed.

The commission said the party had failed to submit “proper registration documents”.

Other parties have signed up for the general election, but Candlelight was by far the most serious challenger to the CPP and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decades-long grip on power.

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