World Cambodia opposition says determined to run in 2018 elections

10:05  12 september  2017
10:05  12 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia 's main opposition party said Tuesday it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader for alleged treason. The comments by Son Chhay, a senior member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Cambodia 's main opposition party said Tuesday it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader for alleged treason. The arrest is widely viewed as a partisan political effort to cripple the opposition ahead of the 2018 vote.

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmakers, Son Chhay, center left, Mu Sochua, center right, together lead a press conference at the party headquarters, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. CNRP on Tuesday held a press conference, saying they remain determined to participant the upcoming general election in July 2018. Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Monday, Sept. 11, threatens to dissolve the main opposition party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against its chief, who was charged with treason last week. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)© The Associated Press Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmakers, Son Chhay, center left, Mu Sochua, center right, together lead a press conference at the party headquarters, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. CNRP on Tuesday held a press conference, saying they remain determined to participant the upcoming general election in July 2018. Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Monday, Sept. 11, threatens to dissolve the main opposition party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against its chief, who was charged with treason last week. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's main opposition party said Tuesday it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader for alleged treason.

Cambodia arrests opposition leader, alleging treason

  Cambodia arrests opposition leader, alleging treason Cambodian authorities arrested the leader of the main opposition party on Sunday, accusing him of conspiring with the United States to topple the government.&nbsp;The party of Kem Sokha, who police detained during a midnight raid on his Phnom Penh home, denied the allegations and said the charges were politically motivated.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia 's main opposition party said Tuesday it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader for alleged treason. The arrest is widely viewed as a partisan political effort to cripple the opposition ahead of the 2018 vote.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A senior member of Cambodia 's political opposition says his party is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party's leader on charges of alleged treason.

The comments by Son Chhay, a senior member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, came during the party's first news conference since Kem Sokha's Sept. 3 arrest in Phnom Penh.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades, has threatened to dissolve the party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against Kem Sokha, who police arrested on the basis of videos from several years ago showing him at a seminar where he spoke about receiving advice from U.S. pro-democracy groups.

The arrest is widely viewed as a partisan political effort to cripple the opposition ahead of the 2018 vote.

Although the party has called for Kem Sokha's release, Son Chhay said there were no plans to organize protests. Kem Sokha could face up to 30 years in prison.

His predecessor as party leader, Sam Rainsy, was forced to resign his post and party membership under an earlier threat of having the party dissolved. He now lives in exile.

"I do hope that before the election in 2018, there will be a (political) solution between all of us to provide a good environment and ensure that the election will be conducted freely and fairly," Son Chhay said.

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