Prime Minister Hun Sen has welcomed the National Election Committee for beginning to register candidates from political parties to contest the election in July and reiterated that the dissolved CNRP cannot be reinstated.
Speaking on Monday during a graduation ceremony in Phnon Penh, Mr Hun Sen reacted to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy who suggested that if the election could not be delayed, the premier would be arrested.
“Who dares to arrest Mr. Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the sovereign state? I have the rights to order troops and it is not easy for someone to make arrest,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
He has reaffirmed the election on July 29 will move forward as scheduled, saying that the government was committed to provide security for the electoral process.
Mr Rainsy on Saturday appealed to all Cambodian people to not take part in the election as it would help rubber-stamp the ruling CPP.
The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November after its leader Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government through a colour revolution. Its 118 senior members were also banned from politics for five years.