Firebrand political analyst Kim Sok yesterday slammed the Supreme Consultative Council, saying it was forged to legitimise Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
Speaking to reporters in front of the Supreme Court yesterday where he monitored the bail hearing of former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, Mr Sok said the ruling CPP gathered representatives of various political parties to attend the first consultation forum with the government so that they will become government supporters.
“I would call the council as a stable that houses the cows. Where mother cow goes, calves will follow. I do not think when those political party leaders join the council they will have a chance to speak out or raise issues directly to Mr Hun Sen,” Mr Sok said.
Mr Sok was released from prison last week after serving his 18-month jail term for defamation after claiming that the ruling CPP was behind the killing of fellow analyst Kem Ley.
Mr Sok said that the creation of the council was to dissuade various political parties from protesting against the election results, which saw the CPP secure all 125 parliamentary seats.
The Supreme Consultative Council is a forum Mr Hun Sen initiated to gather input from opposition parties to move the nation forward.
The council, composed of two representatives of each political party, will produce ideas that bring positive national development and will be tasked with giving feedback on draft laws, officials said.
Mr Hun Sen on Tuesday met with representatives of 16 political parties, with most speaking highly of the council.
Mam Sonando, president of Beehive Social Democratic Party, said that he did not care about Mr Sok’s remark.
“The main point of forum that I see is to eliminate Sam Rainsy’s political career,” he said, adding that the council can help develop the country.
Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros said that Mr Sok would face the law if he kept using such rhetoric.
“It is an insult to all 16 parties,” Mr Sros said. “I think when the institution is officially formed, if he keeps insulting it, he will face the law.”
Three political parties have refused to join the forum, the League for Democracy Party, Grassroots Democratic Party and the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party.