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Cambodian opposition leader in exile pardoned

Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy poses for a portrait on May 9, 2013 during a visit to Washington DC. Rainsy has been pardoned by the king, according to a royal decree seen by AFP, clearing the way for his return ahead of national elections.

Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy poses for a portrait on May 9, 2013 during a visit to Washington DC. Rainsy has been pardoned by the king, according to a royal decree seen by AFP, clearing the way for his return ahead of national elections.  (AFP/File)

Cambodian opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy was on Friday pardoned by the king, according to a royal decree seen by AFP, 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 told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that Rainsy had "no right" to run as a candidate in the July 28 polls.

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