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Cambodian opposition politician applies for lifting of ban

January 9, 2019

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A veteran member of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party has broken ranks with his colleagues and become the first to apply for a government-offered lifting of a ban on engaging in political activity.

Kong Korm was one of 118 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party who were banned when the group was dissolved by court order in November 2017 on a contrived charge of conspiring with the United States to overthrow the government. All the party’s lawmakers lost their elective positions, and the action eliminated any real challenge to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in last year’s general election, in which it captured all 125 National Assembly seats.

Kong Korm’s application Wednesday to the Interior Ministry comes during a feud between two wings of the former opposition party.

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