Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy plans to return to the country from exile on Saturday; a promise that has unleashed a crackdown by the government of longtime rival Hun Sen. [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he is committed to return to the Southeast Asian nation from self-imposed exile on Saturday, despite government attempts to stop him.

Party officials and human rights organisations estimate more than 40 opposition supporters have been arrested since Rainsy announced in August his plan to return, while Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will deploy thousands of troops at the border to prevent Rainsy crossing into Cambodia from Thailand.

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