Senior Cambodian Opposition Figure Allowed Back in Politics

A prominent former opposition politician in Cambodia had his ban on political activities lifted Thursday after the government approved his request for political rehabilitation.

The action was made known with publication of a royal decree.

Son Chhay had been a lawmaker with the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was dissolved by court order in November 2017 after the government accused it of treasonous activities. The court’s action was generally seen as intended to assist Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party win the 2018 general election.

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