Hun Sen Rules Out Return Of Opposition Party’s Commune Seats

He said the commune councils and National Assembly will complete their current mandates in 2022 and 2023, respectively, indicating there will not be any elections before those dates.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said the release of opposition members and activists last week did not mean the Cambodia National Rescue Party would be allowed to form an official party or that its officials would get back their commune positions.

The prime minister was speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh when he said former CNRP officials would not be allowed to get back their commune positions, adding that former commune chiefs and councilors believed that this would be the next step in the government’s easing of a crackdown on the political opposition.

“We heard they claimed with certainty that they would [again] become village chiefs, district chiefs and so on, and that they would also be compensated,” said Hun Sen. “No, that’s not the case.”

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