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> Is this the face of a dictator? According to Cambodia's opposition it is, after Prime Minister Hun Sen's government charged his main rival with treason. Kem Sokha is facing up to 30 years jail, accused on colluding with foreigners based on a four-year old video where he tell supporters he's perceived backing an advise from the US.
Reuters Matthew Tostevin says opponents now fear the government is morphing into a dictatorship.>> Prime Minister Hun Sen has always ruled with an iron hand he is being an authoritarian leader since he came to office more than 30 years ago. What's different now is that people are seeing things on a different scale to what they've seen in the past or certainly the recent past.
The number of arrests, the different charges, the changes in the political law, the changes in the media landscape.>> Kim's allies also feel the timing of this week's arrest is very suspicious. Just as his party was building up major momentum heading into next year's elections.>> Well the government is said that if the opposition party, the CNRP doesn't now put in place a new leader, it could end up being excluded from elections.
The oppositions very worried about that because they feel that this is what the plan was all along.>> But while western nations slam this iron fist approach, Cambodia's leader has found a valuable ally. China, no stranger to a one-party system has applauded Hun Sen, praising what Beijing calls a step to protect national security.