CAMBODIAN OPPOSITION LEADER IN EXILE PARDONED

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodian opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy was on Friday pardoned by the king, according to a royal decree, clearing the way for his return ahead of national elections. The pardon was requested by Prime Minister Hun Sen “in the spirit of reconciliation,” a government official said on condition of anonymity, adding that Rainsy had “no right” to run as a candidate in the July 28 polls.

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