3 more ex-Cambodian opposition politicians allowed to re-enter politics

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PHNOM PENH, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Another three of the 118 former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) senior members, banned from politics in late 2017, were allowed to return to politics on Thursday, according to royal decrees.

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni signed three separate royal decrees to restore their political rights, a week after they requested Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen through the Ministry of Interior.

The trio are former CNRP Permanent Committee member Son Chhay, and former members of the Board of Directors Tav Kimchhon and Va Samon, according to the royal decrees.

Under the kingdom's law on political parties, the king can pardon banned politicians at the request of the prime minister.

To date, 12 of the 118 have had their banned political rights lifted after filing requests, while one has died.

In November 2017, the Supreme Court barred 118 former CNRP senior members from politics for five years after it dissolved the party following the arrest of party president Kem Sokha on "treason" charges.

Sokha, 67, has been freed on bail since November last year, awaiting trial. Enditem

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