Dark days lie ahead as democracy is dismantled.
Ahead of a crucial court ruling, the opposition demanded “immediate and unconditional release” of their leader, who faces charges of treason.
The treason charges against Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha are another step towards autocracy in the kingdom of wonder.
The Kem Sokha led CNRP remains undeterred in the face of the ban threat by PM Hun Sen, confirming its participation in the 2018 national election.
PM Hun Sen has threatened dissolution of the CNRP after its members boycotted a parliamentary vote to prosecute Kem Sokha, their leader, charged with treason.
Cambodia is headed for a crucial general election in July 2018, and arrested opposition stalwart Kem Sokha poses a significant challenge to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party.
The arrest marks an escalation in a campaign against critics, independent media and any potential threats to Hun Sen’s hold on power ahead of an election next year at which Kem Sokha has been expected to be his main challenger.
In the past, English language newspapers have been left alone by the government, but a sudden demand for tax payments directed at the Cambodian Daily indicates that the situation has changed.
Kem Ley, 46, was shot in Phnom Penh in broad daylight last year and his death drew tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets.
Kem Ley’s death comes amid rising political tensions between veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen and an opposition hoping to challenge his grip on power at local elections in 2017 and national elections in 2018.
Political tension is growing between Hun Sen and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which wants to take on the prime minister in local elections in 2017 and a general election in 2018.
Long before the Southeast Asian nation goes to the ballot box, political tensions have risen. The last election in 2013 marked Prime Minister Hun Sen’s toughest challenge in three decades of rule.