Cambodia calms investors ahead of elections

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Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Despite some observers feel that Cambodia’s general elections on July 28 will be a test for the country’s democratic credentials and political stability, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh recently said that investors can rest assured that “ideal conditions for investors will maintain in Cambodia for years to come”.

While everyone expects a win of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by prime minister Hun Sen and a continuation of his investment-friendly politics, there have been some concerns that a possible return of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy could cause a stir.

Rainsy, leader of the liberal Sam Rainsy Party, is known as a human rights advocate and critic of Hun Sen’s authoritarian leadership style. Rainsy fled to France in 2009 after being convicted of various offenses the opposition leader say were politically motivated and for which he had been ordered to serve a total of 11 years in prison.

On July 7, he posted on his Facebook page decision to return home from exile ahead of the general elections despite facing the risk of being jailed. The date of the return has not been revealed yet. Reportedly, a “large number” of people in Cambodia would be ready to “protect” Rainsy from the authorities upon his return.

However, nobody really expects the ruling CPP to run into any hurdles by July 28. Hun Sen has repeatedly said in the run-up to the elections that the country would “descend into chaos if he was not re-elected.”

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Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Despite some observers feel that Cambodia’s general elections on July 28 will be a test for the country’s democratic credentials and political stability, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh recently said that investors can rest assured that “ideal conditions for investors will maintain in Cambodia for years to come”.

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Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Despite some observers feel that Cambodia’s general elections on July 28 will be a test for the country’s democratic credentials and political stability, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh recently said that investors can rest assured that “ideal conditions for investors will maintain in Cambodia for years to come”.

While everyone expects a win of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by prime minister Hun Sen and a continuation of his investment-friendly politics, there have been some concerns that a possible return of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy could cause a stir.

Rainsy, leader of the liberal Sam Rainsy Party, is known as a human rights advocate and critic of Hun Sen’s authoritarian leadership style. Rainsy fled to France in 2009 after being convicted of various offenses the opposition leader say were politically motivated and for which he had been ordered to serve a total of 11 years in prison.

On July 7, he posted on his Facebook page decision to return home from exile ahead of the general elections despite facing the risk of being jailed. The date of the return has not been revealed yet. Reportedly, a “large number” of people in Cambodia would be ready to “protect” Rainsy from the authorities upon his return.

However, nobody really expects the ruling CPP to run into any hurdles by July 28. Hun Sen has repeatedly said in the run-up to the elections that the country would “descend into chaos if he was not re-elected.”

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