CAMBODIAN KING GRANTS POLITICAL RIGHTS TO TWO BANNED EX-OPPOSITION POLITICIANS

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Cambodian King, Norodom Sihamoni, granted political rights to two banned former opposition members.

In a royal decree, signed on Tuesday, and publicised today (Wednesday), the monarch said, he restored the political rights for former Cambodia National Rescue Party's (CNRP) adviser, Kong Korm, and his son Kong Bora, a former CNRP lawmaker.

"Samdech Techo Hun Sen, prime minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, must take responsibility to implement this royal decree from the day of signature," the king wrote.

The restoration of their political freedom came, after the kingdom's parliament amended last month, the Law on Political Parties, to allow banned politicians to re-enter politics.

Under the amended law, King Sihamoni can pardon banned politicians at the request of the prime minister.

Kong Korm, 77, and Kong Bora, 44, requested the king, through the prime minister, to have their political rights reinstated.

The father and son were among the 118 CNRP politicians who were barred from politics for five years, by the Supreme Court in Nov, 2017, after the court dissolved the party, following the arrest of party president, Kem Sokha on "treason" charges.

Kem Sokha, 65, is currently on bail at his home in the capital, Phnom Penh, awaiting trial.

Source: NAM News Network