Cambodia’s Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Aboard Flight to Asia in Hopes of Return From Exile

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy was aboard a plane to Asia, a senior party official said Friday, a day after he was blocked from taking a flight to Thailand, from where he hopes to return to his home country from exile to lead protests against the three-decade rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) deputy president Mu Sochua told RFA’s Khmer Service that CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy had boarded a flight from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport to an undisclosed location in Asia, and that the party’s plans for him and other senior leaders to enter Cambodia on Saturday, despite threats of arrest, “have not changed.”

“By tomorrow, Nov. 9, we will be together and move forward to Cambodia and the Thai border, until we reach the end of our plan,” she said.

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