Funcinpec president Prince Norodom Ranariddh has denied appointing a Chinese businessman as vice-president of the party.
Speaking after a National Assembly meeting yesterday, Prince Ranariddh said all party appointments had to be cleared by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the candidate had only been proposed at this stage.
“In this case, if he were appointed by the Prime Minister, then that would be his decision. I have heard that it might not happen,” Prince Ranariddh said.
The Chinese businessman was identified as Jackie Ching.
The announcement of his alleged appointment apparently left some senior members of the party dissatisfied.
Funcinpec spokesman Nhep Bunchin told reporters that Mr Jackie had been a member of the party since Nhek Bun Chhay was its president.
Mr Bunchin said the man was not a Chinese national, but a Chinese-Cambodian.
“He was an advisor to the former president of Funcinpec and is not vice-president of the party,” said Mr Bunchin.
“He is not a Chinese tycoon like some people said and is actually a Chinese-Cambodian national,” Mr Bunchin added. “He is a member of and economic advisor to Funcinpec.”