GDP elects surprise prime minister candidate

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Yang Saing Koma, far left, the GDP’s candidate for premier. GDP

The Grassroots Democracy Party yesterday elected Yang Saing Koma, the party’s board director, as a prime minister candidate to contest the upcoming national election in July.

The announcement of the prime minister candidate came after the GDP held its congress at its headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district yesterday, where nearly all members voted for Mr Saing Koma to stand for premiership.

Mr Saing Koma beat out fellow two fellow members, secretary general Sam Inn and executive director Khun Savoeun, for the candidacy.

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“Yang Saing Koma is elected as prime minister candidate for the national election,” Mr Inn said.

Mr Inn said the election of Mr Saing Koma was an example for all political parties that all party presidents could not became prime minister candidates automatically.

“I think that it is a good example for all political parties in Cambodia,” Mr Inn said, adding that GDP president Yen Virak did not stand for prime minister candidacy.

“I support Saing Koma to become a prime minister candidate for the national election,” Mr Inn said, noting candidates were fielded in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces to compete with the CPP.

“The GDP wants the people to understand their rights,” he added. “Please do not vote with fear and please do not vote for a party because you were given donations.”

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Mr Saing Koma vowed to serve the people and the nation, advising his members to do politics in a peaceful way and refrain from attacking other political parties.

“For me, I need to focus on two things,” he said. “First, I need to lead all my candidates to compete in the national election and second, I need to be responsible for my premier candidacy.”

Mr Saing Koma urged all his party members to work hard to win the election by strengthening their capacities and convincing people to vote for the GDP.

Yeng Virak, former GDP president, said he supported the candidates that were chosen.

“We want to stress that this means not all party presidents are prime minister candidates automatically,” Mr Virak said. “We want to have all leaders elected by votes.”

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