Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday issued a proclamation letter recognising the new Khmer Conservative Party with former opposition party lawmaker Real Camerin at the helm.
Mr Camerin was one of 118 former Cambodian National Party members banned from politics by the Supreme Court in 2017. He and a handful of other former members had their bans lifted after seeking clemency in March.
The name of Mr Camerin’s party was approved by the ministry in April after his initial party name proposal, the Khmer Empire Party, was denied for not adhering to the Law on Political Parties.
Mr Kheng said in the letter that KCP is approved and the ministry now acknowledges the party.
He said the party’s president and founder is Mr Camerin and the party headquarters is located in Meanchey district’s Boeng Tumpun II commune in Phnom Penh.
He noted that KCP has to follow the Law on Political Parties, other legal statutes and bylaws upheld by the ministry.
Chhim Kan, director of the ministry’s political parties department, yesterday said KCP must now timely submit a list of leaders and detail its structure.
“The KCP is now required to present a list of its board and executive committee members, as well as senior members who will be active on the local level,” Mr Kan said. “The party must follow these instructions, as stated in the law.”
According to the Interior Ministry, 45 political parties are registered in the Kingdom. It said 43 have been confirmed active.
It said parties are required to submit annual reports and financial statements or risk being dissolved.
Mr Camerin yesterday said he will comply with the ministry’s instructions and regulations.
He said the party has about 10,000 members and former CNRP members are applying to join its ranks.
Mr Camerin said gathering support through community activities after Pchum Ben is the second order of business after compiling the list.
“I’m sure that people want change, and it’s a waste of time to wait for a dissolved party to make that change for them,” Mr Camerin said, referring to those still loyal to the CNRP. “I must grab this chance to prove to people that I can help them.”