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Cambodian opposition heavyweight flees, calls for sanctions

Democracy in country shrinking; returning to Khmer Rouge, says Mu Sochua

Cambodia National Rescue Party Deputy President Mu Sochua calls for international sanctions on the Hun Sen government in an interview with Nikkei Asian Review.

Democracy in Cambodia is shrinking, and the country is returning to the dark era of the Khmer Rouge, the deputy president of the main opposition party told the Nikkei Asian Review immediately after fleeing the nation in fear of being jailed.

Following the arrest of Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha on treason charges in September, Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that at least 20 more opposition lawmakers could be arrested in connection with the "rebellion."

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