Cambodia’s Hun Sen Calls For Destruction of Opposition in Leaked Phone Call.
Cambodia must work during the next 18 months to destroy the opposition party at the local level before European Union trade sanctions come into effect, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a phone call to government officers leaked to social media on Thursday.
Dismantling remaining networks of opposition to Hun Sen’s rule would prevent the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party from gaining strength to challenge the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in future elections, Hun Sen said.
It would also remove support from exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return to Cambodia after more than three years abroad and who should now be ignored, the long-ruling prime minister said in the audio clip, which was posted on several Facebook pages in Cambodia Thursday morning.
“To weaken [Sam Rainsy’s] popularity, it would be good not to respond to him,” Hun Sen said. “We don’t need to talk so much about Sam Rainsy.”
“We already have warrants for his arrest, and we need to execute those warrants. If he resists, we will use all means that we have to eliminate any elements who oppose the government,” he said.
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