Cambodia's opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, returned to the country on Friday after more than three years of self-imposed exile, kneeling to kiss the ground after he landed and addressing throngs of supporters who crowded Phnom Penh's parks and boulevards to greet him.
"We go together to rescue the country," he told the crowd. "I am here to rescue you all."
Sam Rainsy was given a royal pardon last week, absolving him of charges he said were politically motivated and allowing for his return ahead of elections July 28. (VOA Khmer់'s Say Mony reporters from Phnom Penh)