Rainsy Dreams PM Post

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PHNOM PENH: March 10, 2014 (Khmer Times) – Sam Rainsy, in an interview with The Nation of Thailand has proudly proclaimed that he would be a better Prime Minister than Mr. Hun Sen.
However, he has deliberately made no mention of Kem Sokha and what would be his fate or position in any Legislative or executive branches when there is a breakthrough.
Its long been viewed that Rainsy and Kem Sokha are in two different camps with Mu Sochua, a former Funcinpec loyalist being tagged to be the most hard line in the CNRP.
“I will quit from the CNRP if either Sam Rainsy or Kem Sokha joins the Government and or the legislative if we don’t get what we demand first,” Mu Sochua is quoted as saying by a veteran diplomatic source.
Rainsy said that he was prepared to make some concession also, adding:  “but we couldn’t have everything we want. So we will be flexible, and hope that the CPP will also show some flexibility.”
Rainsy also reiterated his aim of  going back to street protests and professed his desire for “many friends of Cambodia from the international community”  to  put  pressure on the Hun Sen government to restore our liberties,” but if negotiations proceed smoothly, then we’ll continue to negotiate without calling for a new demonstration
In doing this, Rainsy is ignoring the fact that he and his party members have had all their liberties in inciting and provoking violence and siege mentality by mobs he has inadvertently created.
The positives which can be drawn from the prolonged boycott of the National Assembly by the CNRP is that non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are facing budget cuts.
An increasing number of NGOs in Cambodia are facing the prospect of budget cuts, with money from foreign donors decreasing as a political deadlock continues.
Cambodia’s robust civil society relies on donor countries, but some have postponed funding while the country’s two rival political parties remain at an impasse over election reform.
Perhaps, now would be the time, seizing the possibility of budget cuts for “civil society NGOs” for the Government to move on with the long delayed NGO law as this would make funding activities transparent and prevent misappropriation, mismanagement and possibility of even money laundering.
More than 160 key leaders from the development sector and the government met in Phnom Penh recently for an annual meeting, where the shortfalls were discussed.
“Our development partners are reluctant to give packages of money to some NGOs, as they are waiting to see political developments in Cambodia,” said Soeung Saroeun, executive director at the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia.
This has led to increased fears of prolonged budget woes, he said, speaking during the committee’s annual general meeting. It has also meant more challenges to some NGOs, who have to seek more funding elsewhere.
Last year, Cambodian NGOs needed up to $700 million in funding to run their projects, according to CCC statistics.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said foreign aid and the current political deadlock are different issues. “If donors think they want to reduce funds to pressure the government, this is what they think,” he said. “They are not related to each other.”

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