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Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian government lawyers filed a lawsuit on Friday to demand the dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party after its leader was charged with treason last month. The arrest of Kem Sokha on Sept. 3 brought condemnation from Western countries, while his Cambodia National Rescue Party said it was a ploy by Prime Minister Hun Sen to win an election next year and keep his three-decade hold on power. Lawyers for the government said the opposition had conspired with foreigners to topple the government, citing a 2013 video clip that shows Kem Sokha talking about a plan to take power with the help of Americans.

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Paul Tait)
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