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Terminated Funcinpec members seek clarification

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The ex-officials hold a press conference yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

Four high-ranking Funcinpec officials sacked by the party over allegations of insubordination are now demanding clarification from Prince Norodom Ranariddh over their membership termination.

Former vice presidents You Hockry, Por Bun Sreu and Nhep Bunchin were sacked last week along with former deputy secretary-general Van Sophanna.

In a press conference yesterday, Mr Hockry, a 30-year Funcinpec veteran, demanded the party clarify the terminations.

“If we don’t react the public will get confused and will assume that we made a big mistake,” he said, noting that there is no animosity toward the party over the decision made by acting president Prince Chakravuth.

Mr Hockry said that Prince Chakravuth failed to provide a clear reason for the move.

He claimed that since Prince Ranariddh was hospitalised after a car accident, he and the other three officials were barred by the party from meeting him.

“We haven’t received any explanation from anyone. I am extremely hurt because our memberships were terminated,” Mr Hockry said. “We need only clarification, nothing else.”

During the press conference, Mr Bun Sreu called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene in allowing the sacked men to meet Prince Ranariddh one last time.

Mr Bun Sreu noted that regardless of what is going to happen next, the four vowed to never again partake in politics.

“I’m fed up with politics,” Mr Bun Sreu said.

Funcinpec’s newly-appointed spokesman Nop Sothearith declined to provide more details on the issue, saying that it was a decision made by the party.

“Prince Chakravuth decided to terminate their membership for not obeying the rules,” Mr Sothearith said.

Funcinpec has been a less influential political party over the years. In 1998, it managed to secure 43 seats during the national election, 26 in 2003, only two in 2008 and it won no seat during the 2013 and 2018 elections.

However, the party placed second to the ruling CPP in the last national election by securing 374,510 votes.

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