Funcinpec vows to reduce poverty if elected

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Funcinpec supporters on their motorbikes at a rally yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

Banteay Meanchey province – Funcinpec yesterday campaigned here in Serei Saophoan city, where more than 500 members and supporters listened to party leaders explain the party’s policies on tackling poverty.

Meanwhile, the Khmer Will Party continued attempts to absorb as many former CNRP supporters as they can to fill their ranks.

Funcinpec provincial chief Por Sothin said at the party headquarters in Mongkol Borei district yesterday that about 500 members and supporters listened to what senior members had to say about party policies.

Mr Sothin said that the main policy discussed was the party’s stance on how the state handles poverty across the Kingdom.

“The 13 Funcinpec policies are important to lift people out of poverty,” Mr Sothin said, noting that the country faces a dire need to strengthen the rule of law to curb inequality.

He said that regardless of the efforts made by the government in improving the well-being of everyday Cambodians, public services in the province are mediocre, suggesting that his party could do better.

He noted that his party is confident that voters will lean toward Funcinpec.

“We hope that Funcinpec will get some seats in Banteay Meanchey province and we are not setting low expectations anywhere else,” he said.

When asked about the return of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Mr Sothin said that he did not know when the Prince would be back from Thailand where he is recovering from a car crash that killed his wife last month.

Meanwhile, a provincial election committee report obtained yesterday said that the KWP conducted a campaign rally and a march from their headquarters in Phnom Toch commune to Poipet city.

Van Savorn, director of the KWP in Banteay Meanchey province, could not be reached for comment.

KWP president Kong Monika said on Monday in Phnom Penh that former CNRP members are encouraged to support his new party. “For those who wish for real democracy and real justice, vote for the KWP,” Mr Monika said. “We are just like the CNRP. We can’t wait for their return – KWP and CNRP have the same goals.”

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