Jailed former opposition leader Kem Sokha reiterated his stance – that he will neither join nor support the newly founded Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM).
Mr Sokha’s legal councel, Pheng Heng, told Khmer Times on Saturday of their meeting on Friday. Former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy recently declared the creation of the CNRM, saying that it would provide a new structure that nobody could harm or dissolve. Mr Heng said, “He [Mr Sokha] told me that he will not join or support any new movement.”
Mr Sokha had, even before the disbandment of the CNRP, informed his attorney that he would not found any new party or movement. He will stay with the CNRP and his supporters.
In the aftermath of Mr Rainsy’s unveiling the new movement, many CNRP supporters and lawmakers who had supported Mr. Sokha have refused to join the new movement.
CNRM members include Mr Rainsy, his wife Saumura Tioulong, and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eang Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.