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Cambodia tribunal dismisses election appeal by sole opposition party

Candlelight Party dismisses ban as part of effort to crush rivals to PM Hun Sen

Im Chhun Lim, President of the Constitutional Council of Cambodia, announces the election disqualification of the Candlelight Party for the upcoming election in Phnom Penh on May 25.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodia's Constitutional Council on Thursday rejected an appeal by the sole opposition party against its election disqualification, a decision that means the ruling party will run virtually unopposed in July.

The Candlelight Party, a weakened reincarnation of a popular opposition party that was dissolved in 2017, was disqualified from the July 23 election over its registration paperwork, a ban activists dismissed as part of a years-long effort to crush opposition to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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