Oct 25, 2017

Cambodia cancels democracy

With the outlawing of its main opposition party, Cambodia's slide back towards totalitarian state is almost complete

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Despite the hopes once held for it by the international community, Cambodia’s long slide into becoming a one-party state is now effectively complete. Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has announced that the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) will be banned and that its seats will be redistributed among other parties, including his governing Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Hun Sen announced that he had asked Cambodia’s deeply compromised Supreme Court to dissolve the CNRP following the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, on September 3 on a charge of "treason". Kem Sokha was charged with attempting to overthrow the now China-aligned government with the assistance of the United States.

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One thought on “Cambodia cancels democracy

  1. Woopwoop

    Everyone should read Fukuyama on Political Order to realise that democracy can’t be plastered on to any and every society like a bandaid. Political institutions take generations to build.

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