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Cambodia’s ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh will be granted amnesty and be allowed to participate in the country’s general election next May, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen indicated Friday in Tokyo.

He made the comment during a meeting Friday with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and at a press conference later. “To my understanding, the law will not prohibit a person that is not guilty from joining the election. So in the case of Ranariddh, after he receives amnesty (for an earlier indictment by the Cambodian court), he would have the right to participate in political life as well as in the election,” Hun Sen told the press conference at the Japan National Press Club.

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