Nhem En, former staff photographer at S-21 (Security Prison 21, which is now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) has founded a new political party – the Workers Prosperity Party.
In a written statement from Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng dated November 2, Nhem En is permitted to form a political party headquartered in Siem Reap Province.
“I would like to inform the party founder that the Ministry of Interior allows him to form the Workers Prosperity Party. In order to maintain [the party’s] validation and legal activity the ministry has asked the founder to fulfill the statutes of the Law on Political Parties.”
Mr En was part of the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s provincial administration in Oddar Meanchey, the CPP’s deputy district governor for Anlong Veng, and head of the Khmer Power Party’s Siem Reap offices.
Of his motivation to start a new party he says: “I create this political party because I see no transparency in (Cambodia’s) political landscape. My party will follow multi-party democracy, and I commit [myself] to stop up government loopholes.”