Opposition Candlelight Party barred from July vote

Cambodia’s main opposition party and the sole credible challenger to the country’s long-time leader Hun Sen has been barred from contesting July’s election.

Electoral authorities disqualified the Candlelight Party on Monday for not having the right paperwork.

Party insiders had warned for weeks they were being stymied by red tape.

Critics say with this move, Hun Sen has again eliminated any real challenge for the second election in a row.

In 2018, his Cambodian People’s Party won every single seat┬áin the 125-seat National Assembly after the main opposition alliance was dissolved by the politically controlled courts.

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