Supreme Court dissolves opposition CNRP

  • Cambodians ride motorbikes past the hardquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh on October 6, 2017. The Cambodian government on October 6 asked the country’s top court to dissolve the embattled opposition party whose leader has been thrown in jail for alleged treason charges, lawyers said. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY

As anticipated, the Cambodian Supreme Court this evening (Nov 16) ordered the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), according to Phnom Penh Post Online.

“The Supreme Court decided to recognize the Interior Ministry’s lawsuit and decided to dissolve the CNRP and ban their 118 senior (officials) from joining politics for five years starting from the day of the verdict,” said presiding judge Dith Munty.

The historic ruling by the high court will also see all the CNRP’s 118 senior officials banned from politics for five years, including president Kem Sokha and exiled former leader Sam Rainsy.

Cambodian opposition party deputy leader Kem Sokha (R) raises his fist during his speech at the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) headquarters in Phnom Penh on September 9, 2016.

Worse still, the CNRP will lose all 489 of its commune chiefs and all 55 of its seats in the National Assembly as a result of the party’s dissolution under new amendments to the election laws.

The dissolution came after the government launched a sustained campaign against the CNRP, accusing the party of involvement in “colour revolution” with the complicity of the US.