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Jakarta Post

Cambodian dissident tests ASEAN unity

  • Dian Septiari and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  12:07 am
Defiant: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who heads the Cambodia National Rescue Party, arrives in Jakarta on Thursday, where he met with National Commission on Human Rights commissioners.(JP/Dian Septiari)(JP/Dian Septiari)

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in Jakarta on Thursday triumphant but treading carefully following repeated attempts by the government in Phnom Penh to coax fellow ASEAN member states to reject the one-time finance minister and stay out of domestic affairs.The leader of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was barred last week from flying to Thailand in an attempt to return to his country overland, which Phnom Penh insists is part of a scheme “to topple the government [...] with the help of foreign powers”.He flew to Malaysia instead and met with a number of ruling and opposition members of parliament before deciding to fly to Jakarta on Wednesday, at which point he was blocked again from taking a Malaysian Airlines flight on “the instruction of Indonesian authorities”, the airline told Reuters.Upon his arrival, Rainsy brushed off concerns...