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July 13, 2017

Cambodia's National Assembly Passes Bill Prohibiting Political Parties From Being Affiliated With Convicted Criminals


Cambodia Bill

On July 10, Cambodia's National Assembly passed a bill which prohibits political parties from being affiliated with convicted criminals.

Commentators believe the law is aimed at weakening the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The party's former leader, Sam Rainsy, recently resigned from the party after he was sentenced to two years in prison on defamation charges.

As a result of the new law, Rainsy will no longer be able to be affiliated with the CNRP in any manner. The CNRP gained significant political strength in the 2013 Cambodian elections when the party took a total of 55 seats in the National Assembly, leading some to believe the defamation charges against Rainsy were politically motivated.

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