Tensions rise in Cambodia ahead of commune elections

The head of a recently formed political party has been detained while former leaders of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) have appealed for leniency following their convictions for attempting to oust the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Ly Sokha, investigating judge of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, detained Siam Phluk, founder of the National Heart Party (NHP), following his arrest for allegedly forging documents required to contest the June 5 commune elections.

In March, the NHP was delisted from the list parties contesting the election amid complaints from many of the 16 political outfits that will battle it out with the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for control of 1,652 communes.

In full: https://www.ucanews.com/news/tensions-rise-in-cambodia-ahead-of-commune-elections/97073

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