Phnom Penh (FN), March 7 – Kong Bora, former lawmaker of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, requested to be government official at the Ministry of Agriculture, according to Bora's letter dated Thursday, addressed to Minister Veng Sakhon.

Bora has the rights to fully engage in politics, as he was rehabilitated by His Majesty King in accordance to amendment of law on political parties.

The amended Article 45 stipulated that “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.

The law added that the banned individual 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.

It is worth noting that former CNRP officials in total of 118 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”.

The amendment has so far allowed three former opposition members to re-enter politics. Former top advisor Kong Korm, and lawmaker Kong Bora were rehabilitated in 15 January 2019.

Another member Sim Sovanny, known as Sim Vanny, was also rehabilitated, according to the royal decree dated 2 March 2019.

The rehabilitation is widely seen as the government’s move to strengthen democracy and political space.