Political stability under threat, warns Interior Minister

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Mr Kheng says anti-government activists are planning demonstrations. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the Kingdom’s political stability is under threat due to planned anti-government demonstrations brewing in the Kingdom.

He was referring to supporters of the court-dissolved CNRP, who are aiming to welcome the return of their exiled leaders.

The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017 after its leader Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges for allegedly colluding with the United States to overthrow the government through a colour revolution.

Other leaders, including Sam Rainsy, fled the Kingdom and are now in exile.

Mr Kheng made the statement on Saturday during an inauguration ceremony for a pagoda in Prey Veng province.

Mr Kheng said that the Kingdom’s political stability is under threat provoked by a small opposition group, noting that there is an emerging public movement to stage demonstrations against the government

“Generally, the situation remains stable, but political stability is under threat. It is a challenge which we have to address,” Mr Kheng said. “It is a threat by inciters to lead a demonstration against the Royal Government in order to overthrow the legitimate government.”

He also lashed out at former CNRP members for claiming to love the nation.

“We all love the nation, not just only a few of you,” Mr Kheng said. “We all love the nation the same, but some people have contributed a lot of work, while some have done little.”

However, Mr Kheng noted that the public should not discriminate against political tendencies.

“I say at this public forum that all people must join together – we do not conduct political discrimination,” he said.

Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath yesterday claimed that Cambodia does have a political crisis .

Mr Chanrath said the government should not accuse former opposition party members of provoking political instability.

“It’s not difficult to have genuine political stability between Khmers and Khmers, resulting in common negotiations,” he said. “Unstable politics will remain if there’s no dialogue on how to unite as a nation.”

Lao Mong Hay, a political analyst, said Mr Kheng’s statement seems inconsistent with the government’s repeated assurances that the country has enjoyed stability, peace and development.

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