Cambodia elections will be ‘joke’, says opposition figure Sam Rainsy

Prominent Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Friday denounced elections in July as a farce after the sole opposition party was disqualified, and derided long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen’s plan for his son to succeed him in power.

“Now even the facade of democracy has collapsed in Cambodia,” Sam Rainsy told Reuters on the sidelines of an event on electoral and press freedom in Jakarta.

Sam Rainsy, the co-founder of another banned political party, has been living in self-exile and has been convicted of multiple offences in absentia, including in March last year when a court found him guilty of a plot to overthrow the government.

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