Cambodia’s Ruling Party Says Reconciliation Unlikely After PM Hun Sen Meets Opposition Chief

A meeting held between Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and the former head of the banned opposition party Kem Sokha during a funeral for Hun Sen’s mother-in-law was a matter of formality and does not herald a political reconciliation, the country’s ruling party said Wednesday.

Hun Sen held a 50-minute meeting on Tuesday with the former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), now on trial for treason, after he sent condolences over the death of Hun Sen’s mother-in-law and attended her funeral in the capital Phnom Penh, the government-aligned online Fresh News service reported, without saying whether political issues were raised.

The meeting has led to much speculation about whether the two leaders might resolve their differences stemming from the September 2017 arrest of Kem Sokha over an alleged plot to overthrow the government and a ban of the CNRP by the Supreme Court in November that year for its supposed role in the scheme.

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