Another CNRP politician joins CPP

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Kem Sokha left Australia after a working tour. Supplied

Another opposition CNRP commune-level politician has defected to the ruling CPP after his name appeared lower down on the ballot list.
 
Mao Veasna, a commune councilor for Chbar Ampov 2 in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Amprov district, submitted his resignation from the Sam Rainsy wing of the party on Monday.
 
The 37-year-old said that he was listed third on the ballot list when he first joined the party in 2002 but was placed sixteenth on the CNRP ballot paper for June’s commune elections.
 
He also claimed that candidates at the top of the list were a result of party corruption and nepotism.
 
“I filed a complaint many times over this issue but the CNRP has not resolved it and discarded my complaints,” he said, without providing evidence for the alleged impropriety.
 
Koh Anlong Chin commune’s deputy chief Yoeun Yong, in Kandal province’s S’ang district, said he intended to defect to the CPP on Wednesday of last week after his name appeared seventh on the ballot list.
 
Also last week, Rmam Yout, commune chief in Ratanakkiri province’s Pate commune, opted to join the CPP because his name was excluded from the CNRP candidate list.
 
In January, Ratanakkiri provincial coordinator Chhay Thy, a longtime government critic and rights worker, also left  to join the CPP. He was later listed as a candidate for the Pate commune chief position.
 
Twelve parties will contest the upcoming commune elections on June 4 but only two the CPP and CNRP have candidates in all 1,646 communes.
 
Meanwhile, CNRP president Kem Sokha left Australia yesterday morning after a working tour abroad.
 
The party will hold a congress on Tuesday of next week to discuss the legitimacy of their vice presidents after the Interior Ministry said the appointment of Pol Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang were invalid.

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