Following his exit from the Khmer National United Party last year, former party vice president Khan Savoeun yesterday ordered a group of his staffers to begin removing his image from all KNUP propaganda in Banteay Meanchey and other provinces.
Mr Savoeun defected to the ruling CPP last year after KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay was jailed over a 2007 drug production case in Kampong Speu province.
Mr Savoeun could not be reached for comment yesterday, but told local media that he ordered party members to remove his image, noting that his loyalty is now with the CPP.
“Only under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party people are able to enjoy living in peace and economic development, without fear like in the past,” he said.
KNUP spokesman Run Meatra said that he welcomed the decision by the former vice president to remove all of his images.
“We thank him for removing his own image because we don’t have time to do so,” Mr Meatra said. “We are not worried that this move will impact our popularity because the public knows that he defected to the CPP.”
Political analyst Hang Vitou said yesterday that Mr Savoeun’s move to the CPP must not be for personal gain.
“The important thing is that when joining a new party, he is able to carry out his duty to serve the nation, not because of personal gain,” he said.