PM: Rainsy alignment spells doom for parties

Kin Phea, director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said this “open warning” by Hun Sen was to prevent any political parties from getting involved with Rainsy on any level.

“We all might have known that the Candlelight Party may have past connections to Sam Rainsy, but actually the Candlelight Party is currently taking advantage of Rainsy while he is absent, while Rainsy himself also tries hard in whatever way he can to show that he is behind this new party and his actions actually bring hardship to them,” he said.

Phea explained that based on the new law on political parties, all parties are forbidden from having any official links to convicts who have been sentenced with a final verdict after appeals have been exhausted.

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