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Interior Ministry Rejects New Funcinpec’s Acting President

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Prince Norodom Chakravuth who was appointed as acting president of the party. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Interior Ministry has rejected the decision of the royalist Funcinpec Party to appoint Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s son as acting president while the Prince continues his recovery from a car crash in Thailand.

According to a letter from the Interior Ministry issued on Monday to the party, the appointment of Prince Norodom Chakravuth as acting president is against the statutes of the party.

Last month, Prince Ranariddh appointed his oldest son to fill his shoes from his hospital bed in Bangkok.

The ministry said the procedure of appointment is against its statutes.

“For this case, the Interior Ministry requests that Funcinpec reviews and enforces its statutes properly,” the letter said.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday that the ministry was not exercising control over the party but simply doing its duty by making sure the party follows its statues that were filed with the ministry.

“Some people expressed their dissatisfaction, and asked the ministry to review the decision because it was wrong,” Mr Kheng said. “If any party wants to change its president, they have to hold a congress.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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