Two minor parties are banding together to challenge the ruling CPP in the upcoming national election on July 29.
The Dharmacracy Party and Khmer Rise Party yesterday signed an memorandum of understanding to work together in alliance against the ruling CPP.
Both parties hoped that the cooperation could fill the void left by the former opposition CNRP.
“People want to see change so we have to do whatever it takes to satisfy voters,” said Dharmacracy Party president Pothitey Sawathey. “The government dissolved the opposition so we need a new opposition party in order to enable people to make a change in government in July.”
Ms Samwathey added that her party and the Khmer Rise Party will fulfil their obligations to their constituents.
“We are joining together to resolve problems and to strengthen our national policies,” she said. “We want a change in national leadership through peaceful means because people are annoyed by the same old leader.”
Khmer Rise Party president Soksovann Vatanasabung said yesterday that the signing of the MoU shows the public that dialogue and communication are key to progressing national interests.
“We need a new and united opposition party to restore democracy and contest elections in order to protect people’s interests,” Mr Vatanasabung said. “We want people to understand that politics is not all about the distribution of money and kramas among voters.”
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said that his party welcomed the MoU, but dismissed the accusation that the CPP was only able to win votes through gratification.