Key Cambodian Opposition Figure Defects From Banned CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s strategy for fracturing the opposition is slowly bearing fruit.

A senior leader from the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has defected to a newly formed opposition party after the country’s King Norodom Sihamoni granted his request for “political rehabilitation” yesterday.

According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Pol Ham, the party’s deputy president, will join the Cambodian Reform Party, which was formed earlier this year by the former CNRP official Ou Chanrath.

After coming close to toppling Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) at elections in July 2013, the CNRP was dissolved by a court order in November 2017, on the grounds that it had colluded with foreign powers to launch a “color revolution” to overthrow the CPP administration.

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