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Opposition leader Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in his vehicle on February 12, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Kem Sokha Grilled About His Former Party’s Merger With Sam Rainsy

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was questioned in court on Wednesday about who initiated discussions to merge his former party with the Sam Rainsy Party, why the parties joined together to form the now-banned CNRP and whether foreigners were involved in its creation.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 30, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Kem Sokha Accused of Underreporting Political Expenses

The reported expenses of on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party fell below the plausible costs of the party’s activities, government lawyers claimed on Thursday, though they did not say what activities were supposedly unaccounted for.

Kem Sokha, wearing a red tie, arrives at the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 15, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Kem Sokha Defends Actions as Democratic, Not Hostile: Lawyers

Kem Sokha argued in court on Thursday that his political and NGO activities adhered to democratic and human rights principles, and therefore would not be a crime under the charge of conspiring with a foreign power, according to his lawyers.

Prime Minister Hun Sen votes on July 29, 2018 in Kandal province. (VOD)

Analysis: Observers Expect Political Quagmire to Drag On in 2020

What lies ahead for Cambodian politics this year is a prolonging of the political quagmire that has dragged down the country for at least two years, according to analysts. Things could eventually improve, but there is no quick fix, they say.