Cambodia's top court orders opposition party to be dissolved, clears the way for leader Hun Sen [Photos]

Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing a crushing blow to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state

FP Staff November 16, 2017 18:45:23 IST
Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing a crushing blow to democratic aspirations in increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state. AP
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Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing a crushing blow to democratic aspirations in increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state. AP
The decision clears the way for the nation's authoritarian leader Hun Sen to remain in power for years to come. AP
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The decision clears the way for the nation's authoritarian leader Hun Sen to remain in power for years to come. AP
The verdict, which was widely expected, comes amid a growing push by the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen to neutralise political opponents and silence critics ahead of elections due in July 2018. AP
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The verdict, which was widely expected, comes amid a growing push by the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen to neutralise political opponents and silence critics ahead of elections due in July 2018. AP
Chief Judge Dith Munty, who is a senior ruling party member, announced the nine-member court's unanimous ruling. He said 118 opposition party members would also be banned from politics for the next five years. AP
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Chief Judge Dith Munty, who is a senior ruling party member, announced the nine-member court's unanimous ruling. He said 118 opposition party members would also be banned from politics for the next five years. AP
The party had been expected to pose a serious challenge in next year's polls. During the last vote in 2013, it scored major gains in a tense race that saw Hun Sen narrowly retain office. AP
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The party had been expected to pose a serious challenge in next year's polls. During the last vote in 2013, it scored major gains in a tense race that saw Hun Sen narrowly retain office. AP