Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Cambodia Return Bring People Power Or Something Else?

Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Cambodia Return Bring People Power Or Something Else?

In about nine weeks, Cambodia opposition figure Sam Rainsy will presumably return to his country, along with other exiled CNRP politicians, after spending the last four years in exile. Or that is what he has promised, anyway. Previous such pledges have failed to materialize. At this stage, it remains to be seen whether he will return on November 9, Cambodia’s independence day, as he has failed to come back twice…

Was Cambodia Ever Really a Democracy?

Was Cambodia Ever Really a Democracy?

When Cambodia’s main opposition party was forcibly dissolved in 2017, the words “death of democracy” splashed across the front page of the Phnom Penh Post. At the time it seemed appropriate. The pre-election disbandment of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) gave the ruling party all 125 seats in the National Assembly and transformed Cambodia into a de facto one-party state. But on the anniversary of the July 1997 violent…