When Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy failed to land in Phnom Penh last weekend, he lost a high-stakes bet with his bitter political rival Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The exiled politician, despite facing likely arrest, had vowed to return to Cambodia if his detained colleague Kem Sokha was not freed by March 3; Hun Sen had pledged to resign if Kem Sokha, now held for 18 months on treason charges, was released.
While the wager was highly choreographed political theater, Sam Rainsy upped the ante through a social media call on the armed forces to abandon Hun Sen and side with his now-dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), the latest of his calls for a military mutiny.
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