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Ex-CNRP members shun newly formed CNRM

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Former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and members of the party who supported the movement. Sam Rainsy Facebook page

The head of the CNRP in the US, Ung Rithy, announced his resignation from the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM) thatas created by former CNRP president Sam Rainsy earlier this month.

According to a letter by Mr. Rithy, he stepped down because there were disagreements within the movement. He still supports the CNRP and wants the release of former opposition leader Kem Sokha. He also demands that the CNRP (dissolved by the government late last year) be allowed to again take part in national politics.

Last week, former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy tweeted that the CNRM would provide a new structure that nobody could harm or dissolve. CNRM members include Mr Rainsy; his wife Saumura Tioulon; and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eang Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.

Cambodians abroad, many in the USA, are not happy with the CNRM and reject any involvement. Among them are one-time CNRP lawmaker Mao Monyvann. Although he backs Mr. Sokha, he said he would not back the CNRM since it was created abroad and was unlikely to bring benefits to the country.

He added that, because the CNRP is not dead; he doesn’t need the new movement and it treads on thin ice because it’s not registered in the country.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has warned that the government could take legal action against Mr Rainsy and others involved in the launch of the new movement.

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