A Buddhist monk, center right, tries to enter a blocked street outside the supreme court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Thursday, dealing a devastating blow to a party that had been poised to challenge the long-term rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election next year.Critics see the verdict as the culmination of months of pressure on the opposition, civil society and independent media by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) in an attempt to quell the opposition ahead of the 2018 general election, which was expected to be Hun Sen's biggest challenge to his more than 30-year rule.
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