Six More Cambodian Opposition Officials Apply For ‘Political Rehabilitation,’ Bringing Total to Nine

Five former senior officials from Cambodia’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) applied for political rehabilitation from the government on Monday, while a sixth was approved, bringing to nine the total number who have asked to have their rights reinstated.

Former CNRP lawmakers Ou Chanroth, Kang Kimhak and Chiv Kata, and former CNRP board of directors members Tep Sothy and Chan Seyla applied for rehabilitation to the Ministry of Interior, while former CNRP lawmaker Real Camrin’s request was granted by King Norodom Sihamoni on Monday.

The six join former CNRP officials Sim Sovanny and Kong Bora, and Kong Bora’s father, former president of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) Kong Koam, who have requested royal pardons. Requests by Kong Bora and Kong Koam were granted in January, while Sim Sovanny was granted a pardon earlier this month.

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