King Norodom Sihamoni restored the political rights of two other former officials of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) dissolved by the Supreme Court.
Two separate royal decrees dated August 14 restored the political rights of the former parliamentarian of Kandal province Khim Laky and the former director general of the CNRP of Takeo province, Mao Sophal.
They were among 118 former CNRP leaders who were banned from political participation for five years when the CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court on November 16, 2017.
Neither Laky nor Sophal could be reached for comment on August 16.
Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) founder Ou Chanrath – a former CNRP MP for Takeo who also saw his political rights restored – said he expected there to be many more former senior CNRP officials who will demand political rehabilitation in the coming days.
Kin Phea, director of the Institute of International Relations at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said this quiet period leading up to the 2022 communal council elections was an appropriate time for senior CNRP officials to demand political rehabilitation.
However, he said he was not certain that all those who re-seek political rights will actually be reinstated because in the past candidates have been turned down on the grounds that they did not comply with the ruling. of the Supreme Court.
As of August 15, 26 former CNRP officials had benefited from political rehabilitation by the king at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.