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More Defections Plague Opposition

A long-time opposition parliamentarian quit his party Friday, adding to the pre-election woes of an opposition that has seen a number of defections in recent weeks.

Ngor Sovann, who represented the Sam Rainsy Party in the National Assembly for 11 years, said he left due to internal conflicts in the party and petitioned to join the Cambodian People’s Party.

“I submitted my resignation today, and, approved or not, it’s not important,” Ngor Sovann said.

He applied to a position as deputy chief of Kandal Province, he said.

Ngor Sovann’s resignation follows moves by several other opposition members last week.

Sam Rainsy said Friday the defections would clear room for grassroots supporters.