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Cambodia passes law enabling dissolution of political parties

Western critics see existential threat to already weak multiparty system

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's national assembly approved Monday a legislative amendment enabling the dissolution of any party deemed to be a threat to national security -- without a clear definition of what might constitute such a threat.

Only 66 members of the 123-seat national assembly attended the session to amend the law governing political parties, a move that directly threatens Cambodia's second-largest party, the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). All 55 CNRP members of parliament boycotted the session.

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