CNRP lawmaker lashes out at Rainsy

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Former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and members of the party have been in Rome for a meeting. Photo: Sam Rainsy Facebook page

CNRP lawmaker for Kampong Thom province Lim Kim-Ya has blasted former party leader Sam Rainsy for signing a party statement.

Mr Kim-Ya took to Facebook on Thursday, saying the original statement did not have Mr Rainsy’s name on it.

On Wednesday, Mr Kim-Ya and 42 other CNRP lawmakers signed a statement containing seven points and called for jailed president Kem Sokha to be released from jail.

Mr Kim-Ya said Mr Rainsy’s name was added to the bottom of the list and posted on Mr Rainsy’s Facebook page.

“This is not the original document,” he said. “The original document which is from headquarters did not list Mr Sam Rainsy. He is not a member of the CNRP, he is a convicted felon.”

Last week, Mr Rainsy and other CNRP parliamentarians who fled overseas refused to recognise a list of candidates endorsed by Mr Sokha.

They said Mr Sokha was no longer able to lead the party as he could not make decisions from prison without being under duress.

Mr Rainsy also accused CNRP lawmaker Mao Monyvann and several other party members of betraying the party.

When contacted, Mr Kim-Ya’s assistant said he was in a meeting, but she added that the Facebook post was his.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said it was illegal for Mr Rainsy to sign a party statement because he is a convicted felon.

“This signature shows clearly that Sam Rainsy is destroying the CNRP,” he said, adding that it was more evidence for the court case against the CNRP.

Another CNRP lawmaker, Ly Srey Vyna, has said she would resign from the party because she is busy with her work and does not have the time to fulfil her duties.

Speaking with Khmer Times, Ms Vyna said her decision to resign was not a political one.

“I am very busy with my profession as a doctor,” she said, adding that she wanted to work as a doctor and her decision was not because of politics.

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