Phnom Penh accuses Washington of interference after lobby group is expelled, and blames it for aiding the rise of the Khmer Rouge

Cambodia has hit back at criticism over its decision to expel a US-funded pro-democracy group, accusing Washington of political interference and describing American democracy as “bloody and brutal”.

Prime minister Hun Sen, the strongman who has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades, has taken a strident anti-American line in the increasingly tense run up to a 2018 election.

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