Kem Sokha (2nd R), Cambodia's opposition party deputy leader, arrives to register for 2017 local elections in Phnom Penh on Oct. 5, 2016. / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY
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Cambodia's main opposition party Wednesday welcomed a sign of cooling political tension after authorities refrained from arresting its leader, Kem Sokha, on his emergence from months of being holed up in party headquarters.The top leader of the main opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) is in self-exile to avoid arrest over a case he says was raked up for political reasons, while Sokha, the acting leader, had stayed in the headquarters since May 6, to avoid what he said were separate trumped-up charges."The CNRP wants the environment to return to normal, a political environment that is equal for all, to ensure elections that will reflect the people's will," he said.The party hoped all political parties would be allowed to compete in free and fair elections, he added.
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