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King signs off on the Political Party Law amendment

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Former CNRP lawmakers at National Assembly. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the amendment to Political Party Law that would pave ways for former opposition members to have a ban on political activity lifted, according to a royal decree dated on Wednesday.


The amendment will see some former opposition party members banned from politics re-enter politics after making a request to either Prime Minister Hun Sen or Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017 after its leader Kem Sokha was arrested on treason charges for allegedly colluding with the US to topple the government through a colour revolution.

Its 118 senior members were also banned from politics for five years.

The amendment says: “Any persons who are banned by the court from doing political activities will be granted their full rights to do politics after passing the validity of the ban defined by the Supreme Court’s verdict or in case those persons are granted rehabilitation by the King according to requests by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister.”

Mr Hun Sen and Mr Kheng earlier hinted that some former opposition members will see a five-year ban on political activities lifted as long as they have respected the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Not all of the banned politicians have plans to make the request, as those loyal to Sam Rainsy, who was appointed acting president of the CNRP, thumb their noses at the opportunity.

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