Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen’s authoritarian crackdown has rendered his critics defenceless. His last major blow to the opposition was the dissolution of the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).
Media outlets, analysts and international observers have been quick to wag their fingers at Hun Sen. Indeed, his actions has understandably dealt a death knell to Cambodia’s democracy. Hun Sen’s sweeping powers in all branches of governments have led many to consider him a dictator. However, the utter speed of the CNRP’s destruction also calls into question the opposition’s strategy and resolve in posing a challenge to Hun Sen’s rule.