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Party completes Kem Ley stupa fundraiser

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The construction of a stupa for Mr Ley is ongoing in his hometown in Takeo province. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Cambodia Youth Party has completed its 30-day campaign to raise cash for the underfunded stupa for murdered political analyst Kem Ley.

The fundraising campaign was held from August 1 to August 31 in Tboung Khmum, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo provinces and Phnom Penh.

CYP president Pich Sros said yesterday that he would be delivering the donations to Mr Ley’s family today.

When asked how much money was raised, Mr Sros said he did not yet know.

“We want to count the donations in front of the family,” he said.

Mr Ley was shot dead in July 2016 at a Caltex petrol station in Phnom Penh.

The construction of a stupa for Mr Ley has been ongoing in his hometown in Takeo province, at a cost of more than $170,000.

With the family short on funds, they requested help from donors. Prime Minister Hun Sen kicked in $50,000.

Mr Ley’s brother Kem Rithysith lauded the CYP campaign yesterday, noting that the stupa ws still lacking at least $100,000.

“The money still lacking for this stupa construction is a big amount, so we are happy that the president of Cambodia Youth Party has conducted this fundraising campaign,” he said.

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