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Cambodia: Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy ruled legislative



The head of the Cambodian opposition Sam Rainsy, just returned from exile, was denied Monday by the Election Commission to run in the elections on July 28 during which his party will try to defeat Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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The head of the Cambodian opposition Sam Rainsy, just returned from exile, was denied Monday by the Election Commission to run in the parliamentary elections of July 28.

The leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), pardoned by the king of three criminal convictions, was welcomed Friday by tens of thousands of cheering fans.

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Any opposition was suspended at the possibility that its leader can face at the last minute the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power continuously since 1985. But the National Electoral Commission has decided otherwise.

Rainsy, the main opponent of the strong man of Cambodia, was withdrawn in late 2012 electoral lists and asked Sunday at the NEC to find a solution to re-register it. He wanted to run in Kandal province, where Hun Sen's candidate.

The former banker living in France since 2009 to escape conviction to a total of eleven years in prison that his followers considered policies. He was pardoned by the king on 12 July.

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Its exclusion "block (sa) for the post of Prime Minister," said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Centre for Human Hommme (CHIC), believing that this decision, beyond the electoral commission, incumbent to Hun Sen himself.

Hun Sen, who recently said he would not leave his post before more than ten years, is regularly accused of suppressing the rights of the population and reduce opponents to silence.

Analysts nevertheless converge towards a new victory for his side on Sunday, when the 9.6 million registered voters will make them among eight parties.

In the previous election in 2008, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) Hun Sen won 90 of 123 seats in the National Assembly, against 26 for the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) and three for the Party of rights Man (PDH), which decided to unite in the NIPA for these elections.

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