The Shrinking Options for Cambodia’s Opposition as Hun Sen Eyes Another Re-Election

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greets garment workers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Heng Sinith).
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greets garment workers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Heng Sinith).

In the run-up to Cambodia’s national elections next month, long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power since 1985, has taken no chances of a political shocker similar to the opposition win in nearby Malaysia in early May. To ensure that he and his party triumph again, Hun Sen has in the past year overseen the dissolution of the major opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP; harassed many opposition politicians into exile or tossed them in jail; and torn apart a vibrant and independent Cambodian media. Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, or CPP, will now […]

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