Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy faces hurdles as he attempts to return home

Exiled opposition leader was barred from boarding a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok on Thursday afternoon.

It appears November 9 will come and go without Cambodia’s opposition making its promised return after leader Sam Rainsy failed to board a flight from Paris to Thailand on Thursday.

Rainsy, acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said he had a ticket to Bangkok arriving on November 8, and from there would enter Cambodia by land the following day.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, however, ordered that Rainsy not be permitted to enter the country.

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