Interior Minister Sar Kheng has asked Khmer Power Party president Soung Sophorn to change the party’s name, following a request by former party president Sourn Serey Ratha.
Mr Kheng’s request came in a statement on Tuesday. He said his ministry received a statement from KPP leaders and founders asking the ministry to ban other groups from using its name.
Mr Kheng said this was in line with the Law on Political Parties.
“At this point, the ministry would request the party to examine and retitle the party name,” Mr Kheng said.
“I hope the party president will take immediate action in an appropriate time.”
Director-general of the ministry’s general department of administration Prak Sam Oeun said the ministry would allow enough time for Mr Sophorn to organise the documentation and hold an internal meeting to decide on the new name.
“Mr Serey Ratha is eligible,” Mr Sam Oeun said. “As a founder of the KPP, he could ask to annul its name.”
“So, Mr Sophorn is required to give his party a new name,” he added. “Under the law on political parties, the KPP no longer exists. However, the ministry will allow plenty of time for the change.”
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