Cambodia’s opposition distances itself from Sam Rainsy

Candlelight Party, Buddhist clergy say they don’t support criticism of the monarch.

Opposition parties and their supporters are distancing themselves from the former leader of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) accused of insulting the monarch after he said King Norodom Sihamoni had “betrayed the nation.”

The comments by Sam Rainsy, who lives in France, came after he was sentenced in absentia to life behind bars and stripped of his political rights for promising to “cede” four Cambodian provinces to indigenous groups in Vietnam.

“The king betrays the nation, for his actions contributed to handing over Cambodian land to foreigners,” Rainsy said, according to the translation of a video provided by the semi-official Fresh News.

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