PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's prime minister applied Friday for a pardon for his top political rival, a move that would allow the self-exiled opposition leader to return home and campaign for the coming general election.
Cabinet spokesman Phay Siphan said Prime Minister Hun Sen sent a letter Friday to King Norodom Sihamoni applying for a pardon for Sam Rainsy.
The pro-government DAP news agency reported that the king has signed the request, though neither Phay Siphan nor Information Minister Khieu Khanharith could confirm that. Royal approval is a formality.
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