A second autobiography by opposition leader Sam Rainsy became available for pre-order yesterday, and will be released in June – just weeks before the national election.
Co-written by Rainsy and journalist David Whitehouse, We Didn’t Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia traces Rainsy’s life from youth to the present day with a focus on the country’s current political situation.
Currently living in self-imposed exile in France, the head of the newly formed Cambodian National Rescue Party faces 12 years in prison should he return on charges widely believed to be politically motivated. Two such charges, defamation and inciting discrimination, stem from Rainsy’s first book, in which he wrote that Foreign Minister Hor Namhong was head of the notorious Khmer Rouge prison at Boeung Trabek.
Rainsy said the new book didn’t include such passages and would be looking “more toward the future.”