Two former opposition officials have their political rights restored

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Kong Korm, a former advisor to the former opposition party. KT/ Mai Vireak

Kong Korm, a former advisor to the former opposition party, and his son had their political rights restored to reenter politics.

King Norodom Shimoni on Tuesday granted political rights to Mr Korm and his son Kong Bora after they submitted the requests to the Interior Ministry last week, according to two separate royal decrees.

Mr Korm and Mr Bora were among the 118 former senior CNRP members who were banned from politics for five years after the party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017.

Mr Korm and Mr Bora were the first to apply for political freedom to the Interior Ministry after the King signed off on amendment to Political Party Law that paves the way for former opposition members to have their political rights restored, according to Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak.

“We have just received letters from two officials and the King also granted them the royal pardon,” Gen Sopheak said.

When asked how many former opposition members would apply for political freedom, Gen Sopheak said, “I don’t know. There are only they who could answer this question.”

Reached by phone today, Mr Korm said that he was thankful to the King for restoring his political rights and that of his son Mr Bora.

Mr Korm said that he will become an advisor to the Khmer Will Party led by his youngest son Kong Monika.

“I am really happy about that. The Khmer Will Party wants senior experienced politicians to help them. So, they are very happy about that, too.” he said.

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