Cambodia’s Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Calls For Algeria-Style Overthrow of PM Hun Sen

Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has called on the public to draw inspiration from a recent leadership change in Algeria and oust the country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying he would throw his support behind a top-ranking ruling party official if he is willing to challenge the strongman.

Acting Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy said in a Facebook post Wednesday that Cambodians should take to the streets to oust Hun Sen, just as Algerians did to end the regime of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who earlier this week agreed to step down by April 28 after ruling the North African country for 20 years.

“The Cambodian people must force dictator Hun Sen to step down in 2019, as the Algerian people did to force dictator Bouteflika out just a few days ago,” wrote the CNRP leader, who is living in self-imposed exile to avoid a string of what he says are politically motivated convictions.

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