Cambodia's Hun Sen Marks 34 Years In Power With Opposition Threat
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Mon 14th January 2019 | 04:30 PM
Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday marked 34 years in power with a threat "to step on the throat" of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom's slide into one-party rule
Phnom Penh, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 14th Jan, 2019 ) :Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday marked 34 years in power with a threat "to step on the throat" of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom's slide into one-party rule.
The European Union has warned it may withdraw its tariff-free Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, which helps exports from Cambodia's garment sector, Hun Sen's party won all parliamentary seats in polls last year.
The multi-billion-dollar garment and footwear industry provides a steady wage to hundreds of thousands of people in one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries, and its ongoing success is seen as one of Hun Sen's few remaining points of vulnerability.
His Cambodia People's Party (CPP) swept the elections after the main opposition was banned from taking part, and its key figures were hit with jail sentences and legal charges or intimidated into silence.
Hun Sen is known for his overblown speeches that toss aside diplomatic niceties, but he usually avoids referring to the EU trade scheme by name.
Removing EU trade preferences is a long, drawn-out process that would take several months.