Country Risk

Crackdown on opposition reduces risk of large-scale anti-government protests ahead of Cambodia’s 2018 election

04 October 2017


On 3 October, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Deputy President Mu Sochua became the latest senior opposition official to flee the country, with nearly half of CNRP lawmakers reportedly overseas.

Sochua’s departure comes after an alleged warning by a senior government official that she faced imminent arrest, a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to take strong measures against “rebels” and “foreign slaves” who work against the government, and a little over a fortnight after, CNRP President Kem Sokha was arrested and charged with treason. The CNRP has been gaining electoral ground since 2013, and in the June 2017 local elections, it garnered nearly 44% of the popular vote compared with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)’s just over 50%.

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