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Candlelight Party leader with minority party leaders announce the party alliance in Phnom Penh on October 11, 2023. (CamboJA/Pring Samrang)

Three Minority Parties Form Alliance with Candlelight Party

Opposition party Candlelight has formed an alliance with minority parties Khmer Will Party, Grassroots Democratic Party and Cambodia Reform Party, three parties which failed to secure any seats, to challenge the ruling party’s dominance in the National Assembly in the upcoming elections.
A police truck brings Candlelight Party Co-Vice President Thach Setha and other prisoners from Phnom Penh Municipal Court to prison after Setha’s verdict on September 21, 2023. (CamboJA/Hel Komsan)

Thach Setha Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison, Faces Further Charges

The Phnom Penh Municipal convicted Candlelight Party Co-Vice President Thach Setha last Thursday of issuing bad checks and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. He also was questioned on incitement charges in a separate, ongoing trial based on critical statements about the January 7 anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Banteay Meanchey Candlelight Party Chief Sin Vatha, one of members detained over the weekend, spoke to party members in Banteay Neang commune, Mongkol Borei district on June 4, 2023. (Supplied)

Banteay Meanchey Police Detain 23 Candlelight Party Officials

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police detained and questioned 23 Candlelight party officials over the weekend for allegedly lying to people while collecting thumbprints to establish a new political party. Police say party members falsely told citizens that CPP leaders were behind the effort to create the new party.