Cambodian PM: Western Sanctions Would Hurt Opposition

Phnom Penh – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that if Western countries impose threatened economic sanctions on his country, it would cause the death of the country’s political opposition.

Hun Sen, speaking at a road groundbreaking ceremony, was referring mostly to plans by the European Union to cancel an agreement giving imports from Cambodia preferential duty-free status.

The EU began the process of ending the agreement after last July’s general election, in which Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won all 125 National Assembly seats. The EU, along with other critics, charged the election was unfair and unfree because the sole credible opposition party was dissolved in November 2017 by Cambodia’s Supreme Court, generally seen as being under the government’s influence.

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