Main Opposition Party Dissolved

The Supreme Court of Cambodia announced in the late afternoon of Nov. 16 to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on charges of conspiracy with foreigners to topple the government.

The dissolution was announced by H.E. Dith Munty, President of the Supreme Court of Cambodia, after a full day of hearing.

With the ruling, besides the CNRP's dissolution, its 118 senior officials will be banned from politics for five years.

In addition, CNRP will lose all its National Assembly seats and its 489 communes/Sangkat across the country, according to the new amendments to the election laws.

CNRP was established on July 17, 2012 by the two main opposition parties � Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) and Human Rights Party (HRP).

At that time, Sam Rainsy, the former SRP president, became the CNRP president until he resigned on Feb. 11, 2017. He was replaced by Kem Sokha who is the HRP former president and CNRP vice president.

Sam Rainsy has been spending almost of his political career abroad by self-imposed exile to avoid jail sentences.

Kem Sokha, on the other hand, was arrested in the early morning of Sept. 3, 2017 at his Tuol Kork home in flagrante delicto by the judiciary police officers in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code of the Kingdom of Cambodia for his conspiracy with foreign power to harm the country.

Then, on Oct. 6, 2017, the Ministry of Interior file a complaint to the Supreme Court of Cambodia asking for the dissolution of CNRP for systematically plotting with foreigners against the legal government.

In the national election on July 28, 2013, CNRP got 2.9 million votes or 55 of the 123 seats at the National Assembly, while CPP won 68 seats or 3.23 million votes. At the Commune/Sangkat Council Election on June 4, 2017, CNRP obtained about 3.05 million of the total 7.04 million votes while CPP got more than 3.5 million votes, therefore CNRP won 489 communes/Sangkat and CPP, 1,156 communes/Sangkat.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press