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Cambodian PM greets opposition party for joining forthcoming national election អាឡេវគៀងប្រវឹក ចូលអង្គប់?
PHNOM PENH, May 11 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday welcomed the kingdom’s opposition party Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for its final decision to register for July’s general election.
“I congratulate the opposition party for having its party and candidates registered with the National Election Committee (NEC) in order to join race in the general election on July 28,” the premier said during the inauguration of a praying hall in a Buddhist pagoda in northern Kampong Chhnang province. “Previously, the opposition party threatened to boycott the election, but now, it showed clearly that they joined it.”
The opposition party has repeatedly accused the NEC of being biased towards the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen and failing to accurately register voters for the upcoming election.
Ho Vann, deputy chief of the CNRP’s disciplinary committee, said Saturday that the CNRP officially registered with the NEC on Friday to contest in the upcoming poll, but the name of its self- exiled leader Sam Rainsy has been omitted from its registration because the election body has deleted Sam Rainsy’s name from the voter registry since November on the grounds that he is a convicted criminal.
Sam Rainsy, 63, fled the country in late 2009 before Cambodian court sentenced him to 11 years in prison in absentia for two charges–removing border poles and publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam and accusing Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong of being a member of the Democratic Kampuchea, or known as Khmer Rouge.
Ho Vann said, “However, the CNRP still keeps the name of Sam Rainsy as the candidate of Prime Minister if the party wins the upcoming election.”
The CNRP was formed in September last year by the amalgamation of two opposition parties–the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party.
NEC’s Secretary General Tep Nytha said Friday that six political parties have registered with the NEC to run in the upcoming election, adding the exact number will be released next Monday, which is the deadline of the registration for political parties.
The country is scheduled to hold a general election for the 123- seat parliament on July 28. Some 9.67 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots.
Analysts predict that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen will dominantly win the forthcoming election.
Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years.
PHNOM PENH, April 19 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned on Friday that there will be “an internal war” if the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) wins a general election on July 28.
The premier’s warning followed the announcement of the self- exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday that he will convict members of Cambodia’s current government accused of Khmer Rouge-era killings if his party wins the general election in July.
Via a video from the United States to about 200 supporters gathering at the Choeung Ek Killing Field to mark the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge on April 17, 1975, Sam Rainsy did not name those government members, but references to “ministers and deputy prime ministers” were consistent with his statement on April 17 last year, when he called for legal action against Prime Minister Hun Sen, Senate President Chea Sim and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.
“He (Sam Rainsy) has not come to power, but he dares to use insolent remarks, announcing to convict members of the current government, and Hun Sen,” the prime minister said during the inauguration of new achievements at a Buddhist pagoda in western Kampong Speu province.
“An internal war will definitely happen if he (Sam Rainsy) wins the election because no one will let the other arrest easily. There will be fighting back,” the premier said. “We have no wish to stage war, but they threaten to do war (with us) first.”
However, the premier said he did not believe that the opposition party could win in the forthcoming election.
“Based on previous results, the opposition party needs to seek at least another 3 million votes to win the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP),” he said.
On March 25, the premier predicted that his CPP would win at least two-thirds majority in the general election this July.
Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 90.
In the last election in 2008, the CPP won 90 seats out of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the Sam Rainsy Party won 26 seats, the Human Rights Party three seats, the Funcinpec Party two seats and the Norodom Ranariddh Party two seats.
Self-exiled Sam Rainsy is currently the leader of the CNRP, which was a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party.
Sam Rainsy, 63, fled the country in late 2009 before a Cambodian court sentenced him to 11 years in jail in absentia for two charges — removing border poles and publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam and accusing deputy prime minister and foreign minister Hor Namhong of being a member of the Democratic Kampuchea, or known as Khmer Rouge.
In November, the National Election Committee removed his name from the voter list for the July’s election on the grounds that he is a convicted criminal, meaning that he will be unable to participate in the upcoming election.
PHNOM PENH, April 18 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that 10 cities and provinces out of the kingdom’ s 24 cities and provinces will get new governors as current governors get retired, sick and assigned to new work.
Speaking during the inauguration of a new administration building of Kampot province, the premier said eight governors got retired. They are the governors of the provinces of Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Stung Treng, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Mondolkiri, and Phnom Penh Municipality.
The two other outgoing governors are the ill-governor of Oddar Meanchy province and the governor of Banteay Meanchey province, who will run as a lawmaker-candidate in the general election in July.
Hun Sen said he had requested to King Norodom Sihamoni for the replacement and the king had already approved the appointments of new governors.
He said the governor’s term is four years and the retired age is 60.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that “the nightmare era” between Thailand and Cambodia was over as he led his side to a 10-7 victory in a friendly football match involving Thai and Cambodian officials aimed at showcasing the neighbours’ improving relations.
“Today is a historic event in the relations between Cambodia and Thailand.” Hun Sen said in his pre-match speech yesterday.
The friendly football match was cheered by a 50,000-strong crowd, including thousands of Thai red shirts.
Both teams were a mix of Thai and Cambodian politicians. The Red Peace team was led by Hun Sen, while Cambodian House, in blue, was led by former Thai premier Somchai Wongsawat.
Before the kick-off, Wilaiwan Somkwamkid, mother of jailed activist Veera Somkwamkid, met United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Tida Tawornseth and Pheu Thai list MP Weng Tojirakarn in Phnom Penh. Mrs Wilaiwan asked them to help negotiate with Hun Sen to release her son and his secretary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, who are both held in Phnom Penh for espionage offences.
Veera had written to the Cambodian government, vowing to quit political activities after his release, she said.
Mrs Wilaiwan said she hoped the Thai and Cambodian governments would finalise a prisoner exchange programme soon.
Hun Sen proposed the programme during informal talks with Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa in Phnom Penh on Friday.
Former foreign minister Kasit Piromya said Hun Sen should not think that he could benefit from close ties with ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the ruling Pheu Thai Party.
“Don’t think that you will get at our natural resources and territory by be-friending or playing football with the Pheu Thai MPs,” Mr Kasit said.
“There are millions of Thais who will not allow the government to give away national assets to Cambodia.”
Meanwhile, Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut yesterday criticised Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul’s dismissal of Asda Jayanama as head of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Land Demarcation. He also disagreed with the dismissal of Virachai Plasai, Thailand’s ambassador to the Hague, an adviser to the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission.
Mr Asda will be replaced by retired ambassador to India Bundit Sottiplarit.
Mr Asda and Mr Virachai had been appointed to handle Thai-Cambodian issues when the Democrats took power in 2008.
Mr Chavanond said the two had been strong and knowledgeable advocates for the Thai side in the dispute over the 4.6 square kilometre disputed zone around Preah Vihear Temple.
“I wonder if the two diplomats were removed to make it easier for [the Pheu Thai government] to achieve agreements with Cambodia,” he said.
Mr Surapong yesterday defended his decision to dismiss Mr Asda, saying the diplomat had made no significant progress on land demarcation between Thailand and Cambodia.
He said Cambodia wanted to see land demarcation between the two countries completed within the Yingluck government’s term.
“I believe the new committee members will perform better than the past committee,” Mr Surapong said.
The minister insisted he had the right to choose to replace Mr Asda and Mr Asda should give other people a chance to do the job.
Mr Asda said on Friday that he was informed about his dismissal on Sept 13, but was not given a reason.