Cambodia condemns self-exiled former opposition leader for anti-gov't call

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-27 00:47:17|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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PHNOM PENH, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Saturday condemned self-exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for calling on the armed forces to disobey the orders of country's Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

"The Ministry of the National Defense of the Kingdom of Cambodia condemns and resolutely opposes the appeal made by convict Sam Rainsy," Chhum Socheat, the spokesman for the Ministry of the National Defense, said in a statement.

He said the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) obeys the prime minister's orders completely and vows to crush any ill-willed individuals who attempt to destroy the country's peace through color revolutions or undemocratic ways.

The spokesman also called on the compatriots to turn a deaf ear to Rainsy's call, saying that any activity supporting the call is deemed "illegal."

His statement came a day after Rainsy posted to his Facebook page an appeal to the armed forces not to listen to Hun Sen's orders.

Rainsy, 69, former president of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, has been living in self-imposed exile in France since 2015 to avoid at least eight-year-prison sentence for defamation and incitement cases.