Cambodia’s opposition leader in Indonesia ponders next move

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived yesterday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-awaited return to his homeland.

Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from Malaysia after failing to make his planned return to Cambodia on Saturday. He was barred by Cambodian authorities who also won cooperation from some neighboring countries and airlines to hinder his freedom of movement.

On arrival in Jakarta he said that he would meet some Indonesian lawmakers and civil society groups during his visit. He said he intends to return to Cambodia at the earliest possible opportunity to continue his mission to lead a nonviolent movement to unseat Cambodian’s long-serving authoritarian prime minister, Hun Sen.

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