Cam­bo­dian op­po­si­tion MPs end boy­cott

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CAM­BO­DIA’S op­po­si­tion MPs ended a six-month boy­cott of par­lia­ment 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 US$5 bil­lion bud­get for 2017.

The op­po­si­tion are in­creas­ingly

cramped in the run-up to elec­tions.

Their leader, Sam Rainsy, is in self-ex­ile in France to avoid ar­rest on charges he says are po­lit­i­cal.

His deputy Kem Sokha has since May been holed up in­side party head­quar­ters in Ph­nom Penh. He was sen­tenced to five months in jail in Septem­ber for re­fus­ing to ap­pear in court over an al­leged sex scan­dal.

Photo: AFP

Cam­bo­dian law­mak­ers from the op­po­si­tion Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party (CNRP) look for their names on a list dur­ing a meet­ing in Ph­nom Penh yes­ter­day.

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