CNRP Leader Sam Rainsy Vows Again to Return to Cambodia, Confront Hun Sen

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy vowed anew on Friday to return from five years of exile to press for democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, saying that an “economic crisis” has made it necessary to make a second attempt to go back after an abortive homecoming in November.

“I will return to Cambodia to solve the economic crisis,” the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said on an RFA Khmer Service talk show on Friday. “[Prime Minister] Hun Sen doesn’t know how to solve this crisis. He and his government don’t know how to do it,” he said.

Cambodia’s problems can be solved only if a democratic government is established and if “power is returned to the people,” Sam Rainsy said.

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