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Opposition Commune Chief Meeting With US Communities Ahead of Polls

A woman finds her name on a list during a local commune election in Phnom Penh, file photo.

WASHINGTON DC - Opposition commune chief Buth Saruth began a monthlong visit to the US this week, where he will seek more support for the opposition ahead of July’s election and look for ways to improve community organizing.

Buth Saruth told VOA Khmer via Skype that he plans to meet with Cambodian communities in Washington state and California and will especially be looking for ways to emulate local community activism here.

Buth Saruth is one of 18 opposition commune chiefs elected in local polls in 2012.

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said opposition supporters are being sent to the US, France and Australia to learn better methods of political organization ahead of the July 28 parliamentary elections.