Cambodia’s PM wants law change to shut door on opponents

Hun Sen seeks to bar dual citizens from top posts as crackdown splinters rivals.

Hun Sen, Cambodia’s prime minister for more than three decades, will make it even more difficult for some of his longtime opponents to seek to replace him ahead of elections in 2022 and 2023 by making top posts off-limits to dual nationals.

Riled by a now-corrected mistake in a British newspaper, Hun Sen’s government is set to alter the country’s constitution to exclude dual citizens from top political positions.

After the story in The Guardian last week wrongly asserted he held Cypriot citizenship, Hun Sen is carrying out this long held threat. This will affect prominent opposition politicians who are dual nationals, including Sam Rainsy, who had led the Cambodia National Rescue Party — a party forced to dissolve ahead of 2018 parliamentary elections.

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