Hopes for change in Cambodia an ‘illusion’: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Any hopes that Cambodia could become more democratic or friendlier to the West after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s departure are misguided, leading opposition figure Sam Rainsy said.

Mr Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, this week said he would resign and hand power to his eldest son Hun Manet, after almost four decades of hardline rule.

The former Khmer Rouge cadre has run the kingdom since 1985, eliminating all opposition to his power, with rival parties banned, challengers forced to flee and freedom of expression stifled.

In full: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/hopes-for-change-in-cambodia-an-illusion-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy

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