Former CNRP senior advisor Kong Korm on Sunday lashed out at the dissolved party’s former leader Sam Rainsy, accusing him of trying to destroy democracy in Cambodia and violating the Paris Peace Accords.
Mr Korm, honorary president of the Khmer Will Party, said during its first anniversary celebrations that Mr Rainsy and his supporters went against the Cambodian constitution and Paris Accords by calling for a boycott of last year’s national election.
He noted that both the constitution and Paris Accords require elections to be held once every five years.
“We followed this requirement by not heeding their call to boycott the elections,” Mr Korm said. “We have to honour the Paris Peace Accords by registering and voting in elections every five years.”
“The Khmer Will Party will not betray the constitution and was proud to participate in last year’s national elections,” he added.
Mr Korm said that Mr Rainsy and his supporters’ boycott call went against the principle that elections are the best way to ensure democracy, peace and respect for human rights.
“This is the first time I am giving a public speech after receiving a pardon which restored my right to take part in politics,” he added.
In 2017, the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP after its then president Kem Sokha was accused of trying to overthrow the government through a colour revolution.
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