A spokesman for Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng has condemned a senior CNRP adviser over comments he made suggesting Mr Kheng could work with the opposition should it win the 2018 general election.
Senior CNRP adviser Kong Kam, who defected to the opposition from the ruling CPP, last week told supporters in Kratie province that his party would keep Mr Kheng in his role as Deputy Prime Minister if it won the next general election, but appoint someone else to lead the Interior Ministry.
Mr Kam said the CNRP has a policy to devolve government budgets, under which commune chiefs will share half a million dollars to develop their local areas.
“Our policy is to decentralise local authority control, which is under the Interior Ministry, so if the CNRP wins the election, then we will take on the key role at the ministry,” he said.
A statement from Mr Kheng’s cabinet accused Mr Kam of trying to win support for his party by confusing the public and playing tricks.
It added that the issue of the 2018 general election should not have been discussed at a rally for the commune polls.
“Mr Kam’s speech was an insult to the CPP, which is the party that saved the country from war and does everything for the people at all times,” the statement read.
According to the National Election Committee, a total of 78 complaints have been filed relating to the two-week commune election campaigning period.
Of these, 53 were from the ruling CPP, 20 from the opposition CNRP, one from Funcinpec and four from individuals.