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FILE PHOTO: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delivers a speech to members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at a hotel in metro Manila, Philippines June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announced his return to politics on Wednesday after resigning as head of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) earlier this year.

The announcement comes a day ahead of a court ruling on whether to dissolve the CNRP after government lawyers filed a lawsuit asking for it to be scrapped.

The ruling comes amid a widening political crackdown on members of the opposition, civil rights groups and unbiased media by the Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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