Atlanta, Ga – The former president of Cambodia’s main opposition party, Sam Rainsy, has declared himself leader of the party despite its current leader, Kem Sokha, being held under house arrest in Phnom Penh by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
The announcement was made at a gathering of overseas party members in Atlanta, GA, this week, which was billed as the first Cambodia National Rescue Party world conference outside the country and supporters of Sokha had opposed.
“This is the action that the situation has required us to do,” Rainsy said in an interview with VOA Khmer. “We have to make sure that the CNRP is restored because the dictatorship regime wants us to remain stagnant and has no leadership by prosecuting me and imprisoning [CNRP President] Kem Sokha.”
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