Opposition leader Sam Rainsy faced a backlash after narrowing his prediction that “99 per cent” of banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians would not seek the return of their political rights, saying “only two cheap, short-sighted officials” would do so.
Rainsy, whose nomination as “acting president” at an international conference last month put pressure on party unity with CNRP president Kem Sokha bailed on treason charges, was attacked for his comments on Wednesday.
Senior former CNRP lawmakers slammed Rainsy’s words as “insulting” and likely to cause an irreversible split in the party, while one said 60 per cent of the barred 118 officials remain loyal to Sokha.
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