Cambodia’s major opposition party vanished by SC
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Thursday, giving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party a clear run in a general election next year.
The court ruling, in response to a petition brought by the government, also banned 118 CNRP members from politics for five years.
The party denied the accusations as politically motivated. It did not send lawyers to Thursday’s court session.
The verdict comes amid an increasingly tense political situation and a campaign by Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to crush the opposition ahead of the vote.
More than half the CNRP’s members of parliament have already fled Cambodia, fearing detention.
The 2018 election had been shaping as possibly the biggest challenge to Hun Sen’s leadership, after his opponents united behind the CNRP. They had made significant gains in local elections in June.