Sam Rainsy Pledges to Return to Cambodia in 2019 Amid Disagreements in Opposition Party Ranks

Cambodian opposition politician Sam Rainsy, living in self-imposed exile since 2016, has vowed to return to Cambodia in 2019 to fight for democracy, amid stark divisions among the government’s political opponents.

Recently appointed as the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Sam Rainsy made the pledge to return at a public forum for party supporters in Paris on Sunday.

“I am asking all Cambodians to rise up and join me at that time, so that we can jointly fight for real change,” Sam Rainsy said, adding, “We need to stand up against Hun Sen and bring back democracy in 2019.”

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