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Kem Ley Party founders to amend name

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Founders of the proposed Kem Ley Party will discuss changing the party’s name today with Interior Ministry officials following a brief meeting yesterday.


Kuch Ly, spokesman for the proposed party, said yesterday that he went to the Interior Ministry to receive an official directive informing him of how to properly register the party in accordance with the Law on Political Parties, which prohibits the use of personal names in party names.

“We will now discuss the issue further with each other tomorrow,” he said. “We will discuss changing the name to comply with the law.”

Mr Ly noted that a new name has not yet been chosen and that he would hopefully be able to reveal it after today’s meeting.

“After the meeting tomorrow, we will again send registration papers to the ministry,” he said.

Kem Rithysith, the younger brother of Mr Ley, who was shot and killed at a gas station coffee shop in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 10, 2016, applied to the ministry to create the party last month.

The Interior Ministry rejected the application based upon the proposed name of the party.

Prak Sam Oeun, director general of the general administration department at the Interior Ministry, said that the founders seemed to understand the rules and were cooperating with the ministry.

“We hope that they will follow the law,” he said.

Bou Rachna, wife of the late political analyst who arrived in Australia with her five sons last month, recently posted on her Facebook page that she did not support the creation of the party.

“I would like to publicly declare that I refuse to support the creation of a new party, called Kem Ley, because my husband never intended to form a party,” she said.

“His intention was to provide advice to all political parties for the cause of the motherland and to the interests of Khmer people in general and for genuine democracy in Cambodia.”

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