PM Hun Sen has suggested that the United States conspired with opposition leader Kem Sokha to try to overthrow his government
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt gives a press conference in his Embassy, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The U.S. Ambassador in Cambodia has delivered a sharp rejoinder to allegations by Prime Minister Hun Sen that Washington is seeking todislodge his government, denying the allegations and warning that Cambodia is doing itself damage international with its anti-American campaign.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith), photo: AP/Heng Sinith
12 of September 2017 13:27:07
PHNOM PENH – The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia on Tuesday denied allegations by Prime Minister Hun Sen that Washington is seeking to oust his government, and warned that Cambodia is doing itself damage internationally with its anti-America campaign.Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People's Party have in the past month accelerated the use of legal and administrative measures to undermine critics and political foes, culminating in the Sept. 3 arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha on a treason charge.The charge was based on videos from several years ago that showed him at a seminar where he spoke about receiving advice from U.S. pro-democracy groups. He could face up to 30 years in prison.Ambassador William Heidt said the accusations were false, and called for Kem Sokha's release.An English-language newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, was shut down last week by Cambodian authorities, and more than a dozen radio stations that broadcast dissident voices or used programing from U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia were forced to stop broadcasting for alleged breach of regulations.
Earlier Tuesday, Cambodia's main opposition party said it is determined to participate in next year's general election despite its leader's arrest.The comments by Son Chhay, a senior member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, came during the party's first news conference since Kem Sokha's arrest.Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades, has threatened to dissolve the party if it gets involved in the legal proceedings against Kem Sokha.Although the party has called for Kem Sokha's release, Son Chhay said there were no plans to organize protests."I do hope that before the election in 2018, there will be a [political] solution between all of us to provide a good environment and ensure that the election will be conducted freely and fairly," he said.
Cambodian gov. effectively closing us down. Accounts frozen. Operations halted as of today.. pic.twitter.com/9r4r0ssAtj— Assistance Cambodia (@WAfCambodia) 10 de septiembre de 2017