Date set to decide fate of the CNRP deputies
The opposition CNRP will meet on Monday to discuss the validity of their three vice-presidents after the Interior Ministry insisted the appointments were invalid.
“Our president Kem Sokha is abroad, but we will invite him to a video conference for the meeting,” Pol Ham, one of the three vice-presidents said.
“The meeting will discuss the three vice-presidents and how to make the situation acceptable for the Interior Ministry. We will try to coordinate things to ensure a good political environment.”
The ministry last week recognized Mr. Sokha as the president of the CNRP, but refused to accept Mr. Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang as vice-presidents on the grounds their election was not in line with party rules.
The ministry said the trio was appointed too soon after Sam Rainsy’s resignation as party president, which was contrary to internal party regulations.
Political analyst Meas Ny said the CNRP had done no wrong after amending their internal rules prior to the vice-presidents’ appointments.
“The ruling party just wants to make CNRP weak,” he said.
Twelve political parties are competing for 1,646 commune council seats in the June 4 ballot that many see as a bellwether for general elections in 2018.
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