Cambodian opposition party leader, Sam Rainsy returned to his country just a week ahead of the July 28 general elections after years of self-imposed exile. A royal pardon granted him immunity from defamation charges drawn up against him in 2010. His party, Cambodia National rescue Party (CNRP), lost the election by a narrow margin, causing the CNRP and its supporters to cry foul. Mass protests ensued, and political stalemate in parliament left opposition seats empty. The following years would see the arrest and persecution of CNRP leaders, forcing Rainsy to again flee the country in 2016. He resigned as president of the CNRP and remains in exile. This series of photographs cover Rainsy’s return, the election, and the early days of the protest movement.
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