Members of the ruling CPP’s Permanent Central Committee voted yesterday to support the Prime Minister as the party’s candidate for the general election, and congratulated his government for preventing a colour revolution allegedly attempted by the now dissolved CNRP.
The CPP congress at Koh Pich in Phnom Penh was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen and attended by 2,000 members, showing their support for Mr Hun Sen ahead of July’s general election.
“The congress clearly determined a path to victory that will lead the CPP forward, with all the party’s members, youths and patriots unanimously supporting Prime Minister Hun Sen’s candidacy,” a CPP statement said.
The statement also mentioned the colour revolution that Mr Hun Sen allegedly prevented by banning the only serious opposition party.
“We have protected independent and national sovereignty, maintaining peace, political stability, and national unity including the guarantee of a multi-party democracy,” it said.
The congress also approved 342 new members of the CPP Central Committee, which now totals 865 members.
A list obtained yesterday showed new members were from the Senate, the National Assembly, the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Defence, the Council of Ministers, as well as the courts.
Another statement said Cambodia has been strengthening cooperation with neighbouring countries to clearly demarcate border areas and ensure peace, stability, and development.
The CPP is committed to reforming public administrations at all levels to continue developing Cambodian society and protecting public security, the statement said.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the congress had laid out the party’s strategy for developing the country from 2018-2023.
He said party policies included respect for the constitution to protect the monarchy and ensure multi-party democracy, ensuring human rights and justice in society, protecting independent sovereignty and national security, and improving the economy.