Opposition Leaders Testing Cambodia’s Chilly Political Waters

The maneuvering of Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy once again spells trouble for their supporters inside Cambodia.

Two leaders from the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) are testing the patience of the country’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen, by raising expectations that both men are preparing for a return to politics ahead of the next election.

From his exile in France, interim CNRP leader Sam Rainsy has said he will make another attempt at entering Cambodia after a similar bid — including promises to lead protests across the country – failed late last year.

Meanwhile his party’s leader Kem Sokha, who is technically under house arrest on treason charges, has traveled out into the countryside to hand out humanitarian assistance to those affected by the annual monsoon flooding, and to attend religious ceremonies for the Pchum Ben festival earlier this month.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2020/09/opposition-leaders-testing-cambodias-chilly-political-waters/

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