Cambodia’s Surviving Opposition Politicians Regroup Ahead of Elections

Former Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh is back in the political arena, but his chance of success is small.

A batch of new political parties are emerging in Cambodia, determined to end the country’s status as a one-party state with a direct challenge to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) at elections due over the next two years.

Among them are the Cambodia Reform Party (CRP), the Khmer Conservative Party (KCP) and the Khmer National Love Party (KNLP), while former prime minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, has also announced his return to the political arena.

Ranariddh, who took three years to recover from a car accident which kept him out of the 2018 election, will lead an attempt to rejuvenate the royalist Funcinpec Party which was once a major force in domestic politics but has failed to win a seat at elections since 2008.

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