Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 11 – President of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CRNM) warned the 118 former officials of the dissolved CNRP not to resume their political activities after the National Assembly voted to lift the bans.

Anyone of the banned to accept the lift and re-enter politics will be considered as traitor, Sam Rainsy recently wrote on Facebook and told RFI.

The National Assembly is working to amend the law to enable the 118 former CNRP officials banned from politics to resume their political activities.

According to the announcement of the National Assembly late Wednesday, some lawmakers already proposed for Amendment on Article 45-new of Political Party that will add a new a paragraph as follows:

“Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities could not create a new party, or participate in any other political parties, or be a candidate for others to vote, or do any activities to support or oppose other parties. Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities will receive absolute rights to legally participate in political activities when banning expired as determined by the Supreme Court’s verdict, or in the case that individual has been rehabilitated by His Majesty King as requested by Prime Minister in accordance with the proposal of Minister of Interior.”

The proposed amendment is one of the agendas of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s further steps to strengthen democracy and political space as well as facilitate freedom of press, CSOs, and unions, according to foreign affair ministry’s press release dated Monday.

It is worth noting that on 16 November 2017, the Supreme Court decided to dissolve CNRP for attempting to topple the legitimate government through a color revolution; and ban 118 members of the party from engaging in political activities for five years.