A staple of every campaign season, the CPP announced Monday the defection of several hundred alleged opposition members—including a small group of disaffected Cham Muslims—ahead of next month’s national election. CPP lawmaker Seang Nam said he and Defense Minister Tea Banh welcomed 623 former members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), plus 14 members of the party’s local campaign committee, to the CPP at a ceremony in Siem Reap City. “I think they defected because of internal problems in their party,” Mr. Nam said, but would not elaborate. A group of 25 Cham Muslims once loyal
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