The Royal Palace Ministry today issued a statement to condemn former self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy for insulting King Norodom Sihamoni.
In a statement dated 13 September 2019, the ministry said Mr Rainsy has once again committed an intolerable act and used words insulting His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni.
“The Royal Ministry strongly condemns Mr Rainsy, whose unfaithful nature has always harmed the reputation of His Majesty the King of Cambodia, a highly revered King fulfilling a noble role of protecting the national unity and sustainability,” it said.
The ministry noted in the statement that due to the noble role of His Majesty, the kingdom is enjoying peace and development under the leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia on 12 September, Mr Rainsy said: “Our king is the hostage of [Prime Minister] Hun Sen. Our king is afraid of Hun Sen, as he wants to keep this throne. We cannot expect anything from the king who is the puppet of Hun Sen.”
According to Article 7 of the constitution, “The King of Cambodia shall reign, but not govern. The King is the Head of State for life. The Person of the King shall be inviolable.”
On May 1, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced in-absentia Mr Sam Rainsy to a total of eight years in prison for demoralising the armed forces and insulting King Norodom Sihamoni.
Mr Rainsy, who is exiled in France, issued statements calling on the armed forces to stay neutral upon his return to the Kingdom and refrain from arresting him. He also called an election letter written by King Sihamoni as “fake or written under duress”.