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Cambodian opposition’s local successes draw strong government backlash

Sin Rozeth dropped out of university, made some money by helping others with real-estate deals before entering politics and helping to develop her community. Her work drew the attention of the Cambodian Ministry of the Interior

By Matthew Tostevin  /  Reuters, BATTAMBANG, Cambodia

“We just have to show what we can deliver day by day,” she said. “We’re a new generation and we want to show that administration can be effective and clean and free of charge.”

A 2013 video about that strategy was used as evidence against Kem Sokha.

In it, he says he has the backing of unnamed Americans for a plan to win power requiring that “before changing the top level, we need to uproot the lower one.”

For Kem Sokha, it was a legitimate political strategy in a democracy.

The government called it treason.

Additional reporting by Prak Chan Thul

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