CNRP Breakaway Son Chhay Often Challenged Leaders, Including His Own

In a 2014 interview with an Australian magazine, Son Chhay bemoaned that Cambodian politics had become “a personal game” between Prime Minister Hun Sen and then-CNRP president Sam Rainsy, criticizing his own boss.

“Hun Sen has lost his mind and Rainsy is just fooling around,” Chhay, a former CNRP lawmaker and Sam Rainsy Party whip, told The Monthly.

On Friday, he was again at odds with exiled leaders of the CNRP, when an official confirmed that Chhay had requested a government pardon so he could re-enter politics, breaking away from the outlawed main opposition party.

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