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Cambodian opposition icon vows return and million-strong welcome

Sam Rainsy pledges to lead 'people power' movement against Hun Sen

Exiled Cambodian opposition politician Sam Rainsy prays in September with Cambodian Buddhist monks in San Jose, California. (Photo provided by Sam Rainsy)

PHNOM PENH/TOKYO -- Amid mounting arrests of his supporters, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has doubled down on a promise to return from self-imposed exile, vowing that at least a million people will take to the street upon his arrival.

"I will definitely return on Nov. 9," the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) told the Nikkei Asian Review by phone from his home in France.

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