Thailand PM Refuses Entry to Cambodia Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Ahead of Repatriation Bid

The head of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy will not be permitted to enter Cambodia through Thailand, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday, likely derailing his plans to return home from self-imposed exile later this week.

Speaking to reporters in Bangkok, Prayuth cited Thailand’s obligations as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to refrain from meddling in the affairs of its neighboring nation, where Sam Rainsy hopes to lead a “restoration of democracy” through nonviolent protests on Nov. 9, but Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to arrest the CNRP’s acting president on sight.

“According to our commitment to ASEAN, we will not interfere in each other’s internal affairs, and we will not allow an anti-government person to use Thailand for activism,” Prayuth said.

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