Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 12 – Ly Srey Vyna, lawmaker of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was politically rehabilitated by Cambodian King, according to the royal decree seen by Fresh News on Thursday.

The rehabilitation was done thanks to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request.

A total of 118 former CNRP officials were banned from engaging in political activities for five years when the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP on 16 November 2017 for “attempting to overthrow the government through a colour revolution”.

To strengthen democracy and political space in the Kingdom, the government amended law on political party to pave ways for former opposition to re-engage in politics.

The amended Article 45 of law on political party allowed the banned individual to request for rehabilitations from the King through Prime Minister or Minister of Interior.

As of 12 November 2020, at least 14 of the banned CNRP politicians were rehabilitated, including former top advisor Kong Korm and lawmaker Kong Bora, rehabilitated on 15 January 2019; Sim Vanny on 2 March 2019; former Svay Rieng representative Real Khemarin on 18 March 2019; former CNRP lawmakers Ou Chanrath, Kang Kimhak, Chiv Kata, Tep Sothy, and former party board member Chan Seila were rehabilitated on 19 March 2019; and former lawmaker Son Chhay, Tav Kim Chhorn, Var Samon, Sun Sopheak, and Ly Srey Vyna.