The Khmer Power Party elected a new president yesterday following the conviction of its former president for inciting soldiers to civil disobedience last month, when he received five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Suong Sophorn, a former lawmaker candidate for the opposition CNRP, was elected as president and said that his first job was to prepare the relevant documents for the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry gave the party 15 days to fulfil its obligations under the political parties law on August 29.
The KPP arose from the US-based Khmer People Power Movement in 2010. The party held its first congress on March 18, 2016, selecting Mr Ratha as president.
Mr Ratha was arrested on August 13 after he posted messages on his social network insulting the national army over the Cambodia-Laos border row.
Mr Sophorn said that the party would elect nine chairmen next to cover different portfolios to serve the people.
“I and all the party leaders will keep the position not to slander, attack and blame others, but we will criticise for development,” he added.
“We will work by using the law as the priority and respect the people’s position to protect the interests of the people, the nation and to help people in need.”
Political analyst Meas Ny said the KPP was forced to select a new president in order not to be dissolved after Mr Ratha’s conviction.
CPP spokesman Soy Eysan said that even though many parties were ready to compete in the upcoming 2018 national election, the CPP was not worried about losing.