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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

One week before national elections, opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile. Against the odds, an estimated 100,000 supporters welcomed him in Phnom Penh where he delivered his first speech in years.

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A CNRP supporter waves a flag during opposition leader Sam Rainsy's return to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

A CNRP supporter waves a flag during opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters along their way from Phnom Penh's airport. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters along their way from Phnom Penh’s airport. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters along their way from Phnom Penh's airport. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters along their way from Phnom Penh’s airport. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters during Sam Rainsy's return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

Cambodian opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy greet supporters during Sam Rainsy’s return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

CNRP supporters welcome opposition leader Sam Rainsy on his return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

CNRP supporters welcome opposition leader Sam Rainsy on his return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy salutes supporters at 'Freedom Park' in Phnom Penh on the day of his return to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy salutes supporters at ‘Freedom Park’ in Phnom Penh on the day of his return to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

An estimated 100,000 supporters welcomed CNRP's Sam Rainsy on his return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

An estimated 100,000 supporters welcomed CNRP’s Sam Rainsy on his return from self-imposed exile to Cambodia. Jul. 19, 2013 ©Erika Pineros

 

 

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