Cambodia’s Candlelight Party shines ahead of local elections – challenges CPP’s vice-like grip

New party is contesting upcoming local elections, hoping to resurrect political opposition to one-party state under Prime Minister Hun Sen, ruler for 37 years.

Speaking from the back of a pickup truck decked out with campaign posters and loudspeakers, veteran politician Son Chhay is determined to convince voters that democracy in Cambodia is not dead.

With the newly created Candlelight Party, he and other activists are contesting upcoming local elections, hoping to resurrect political opposition to what has become a one-party state under Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has in recent years moved to crush all dissent by jailing more than 100 opposition members for treason, prompting international criticism of Hun Sen, who has ruled for 37 years.

In full: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3180034/cambodias-candlelight-party-shines-ahead-local-elections

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