Hun Sen vows to ‘finish’ opposition rival

Any party that helps exiled critic Sam Rainsy faces dissolution, Cambodian strongman warns.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed on Thursday to “isolate and finish” exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy, as the strongman continues to squeeze political challengers ahead of next year’s national election.

Stepping up the rhetoric against his longtime foe, Hun Sen told reporters on Thursday he would “eliminate the extremist ideology of three-generation traitor” Sam Rainsy to preserve the country’s peace.

Hun Sen also said he would “isolate and finish” the 73-year-old opposition figure, who had appealed on Sunday to the Cambodian people and army to liberate the country from the ruler’s family.

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