People comfort a relative of Kem Ley, anti-government figure and the head of a grassroots advocacy group, "Khmer for Khmer" outside a gas station after he was shot dead in Phnom Penh July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Prominent Cambodian critic shot dead: policeA prominent Cambodian political analyst known for his trenchant criticism of the government was shot dead Sunday morning at a convenience store, police said.The daylight slaying of Kem Ley comes at a time of heightened political tensions between strongman premier Hun Sen and the country's political opposition, who accuse the prime minister of launching a fresh crackdown against them.Scores of government critics and rights workers have been arrested in recent months while others have been tied up in ongoing legal cases.Kem Ley was critical of both the government and opposition parties, advocating for a new era of clean politics in a notoriously corrupt nation which is expected to hold a general election in 2018 .
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