Sam Rainsy’s contradictory coup belief

In recent months, Sam Rainsy has raised wildly different theories on how political change could come about in Cambodia, most verging on the fanciful. The acting president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party unsuccessfully called on voters to boycott last year’s general election; he called on foreign governments to back the CNRP’s reinstatement as a legal entity; he called on the military to disobey the government; he called on the Cambodian people to “take to the streets to oust [Prime Minister] Hun Sen”; and, in recent weeks, he has called on Interior Minister Sar Kheng to launch a palace coup against Hun Sen.

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