A former senior CNRP official has slammed his former leader Sam Rainsy over an attempt to overtake the scattered opposition.
Prince Sisowath Thomico, a former official with the dissolved CNRP, wrote on his Facebook last week that the establishment of the Cambodian National Rescue Movement by Mr Rainsy was an attempt to undermine former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was recently released on bail while facing treason charges.
“After Mr Sokha was arrested in September, I tried once to meet CNRP leaders to resolve the problem related to leading the party and other future plans. I rejected the formation of such a movement because I considered it as a decision to topple the party,” Prince Thomico wrote.
In January, Mr Rainsy established the CNRM in response to the Supreme Court’s November dissolution of the CNRP.
CNRM members include Mr Rainsy; his wife Tioulong Saumura; and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eng Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.
Mr Rainsy urged people to protest against the government, called on the armed forces to not shoot protesters and appealed to the international community to cut aid.
Mr Rainsy has lived in exile since 2015 after being hit with slew of court cases, including by Prime Minister Hun Sen who accused him of defamation.
Prince Thomico said yesterday that the CNRM has caused disputes among former opposition members.
“The creation of the movement resulted in internal disputes because some people are in favour of the CNRP and others support the CNRM,” he said.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said that opposition party members no longer believed in Mr Rainsy.
“This feuding shows that they have split from him,” Mr Eysan said.