A former CNRP lawmaker candidate has defected to the fledgling Khmer Power Party and will soon be appointed as its vice president.
Sourn Serey Ratha, president of the KPP, said Suong Sophorn, who ran for the CNRP in the 2013 general election in Pailin province, has joined his party’s ranks and will be appointed vice president on August 18.
“I think this defection has no comparison, because he could have stayed with the CNRP and likely got a high, well-paying position but he chose to join us,” said Mr Serey Ratha.
“Mr Sophorn has a lot of good experience because he used to lead youths to protest and he is a person who dares to fight against Prime Minister Hun Sen,” he added.
In 2011, when he was a Sam Rainsy Party member before joining the CNRP, Mr Sophorn was leading Boeung Kak Lake activists during a protest when authorities savagely beat him unconscious.
Mr Sophorn said yesterday that his decision was based on the fact the KPP is a new party without a tainted past.
“I join with the Khmer Power Party not for tomorrow or another tomorrow or in 2018, but we see a future in 2022 or 2023,” Mr Sophorn said.
“I hope that we will collect many supporters and then we will work in 2022 or 2023 and we will get 50 percent of seats.”
“Politicians are servants of the people,” he added. “Some politicians confuse that politicians are the boss of the people.”