Cam­bo­dian op­po­si­tion MPs end boy­cott of par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Cam­bo­dia’s op­po­si­tion MPs ended a six-month boy­cott of par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing months of le­gal and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure from strong­man Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen. Law­mak­ers from the Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party (CNRP) pulled out of par­lia­men­tary ses­sions in May af­ter some MPs, in­clud­ing its deputy leader Kem Sokha, were slapped with le­gal cases by the govern­ment. With 2018 elec­tions in view, Hun Sen is in­creas­ingly us­ing Cam­bo­dia’s pli­ant courts-as well as his po­lit­i­cal cun­ning-to box in ri­vals, a tac­tic he has de­ployed through­out his 31-year ten­ure in of­fice. Yes­ter­day 39 op­po­si­tion MPs ended their boy­cott and joined the par­lia­men­tary de­bate on a $5 bil­lion bud­get for 2017. “We must re­turn to de­bate it,” said CNRP spokesman and law­maker Yim So­vann. He de­nied his party had caved in to Hun Sen’s pres­sure tac­tics but said his party “are the vic­tims of po­lit­i­cal crack­down.”“This (end of boy­cott) is also a ges­ture to show that we want a res­o­lu­tion” to the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, he said.

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