Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised CNRP commune officials they can keep their positions once their party is dissolved, so long as they disavow their former party and join the ruling CPP.
Addressing some 4,000 workers on Koh Pich yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said he was 99.99 percent sure the CNRP would be dissolved for its treasonous acts of conspiring with the US to topple the government.
“Treason cannot be tolerated and I think 99.99 percent the CNRP must be dissolved,” he said, noting no international pressure can get in the way of implementing Cambodia’s laws. “This is an affair of Cambodia’s courts.”
“Now I send a message to all CNRP commune officials, if you want to keep your positions you have to defect to the CPP,” he added.
“Your party will be dissolved and you will not be able to be commune chiefs, deputy commune chiefs or council members any more.
“To rescue your party or rescue yourself? This you must consider.”
Mr Hun Sen said the dissolution of the CNRP would not affect the National Election Committee.
But the dissolution will affect CNRP lawmaker positions, senate elections, provincial, district and commune councils, he said.
“According to the information I received from the Supreme Court, the dissolution of the CNRP will be before the Senate election,” he said.
Opposition CNRP commune chief Sin Chanpeourozet in Battambang city’s O’Char commune said Mr Hun Sen was vying for votes in next year’s national election by having CNRP supporters turn against the party when officials begin to possibly defect.
“If we defect to the ruling CPP, it betrays the will of the people who voted to support the Cambodia National Rescue Party,” Ms Chanpeourozet said. “I will always support the CNRP and if the party is dissolved and I lose my position, I will serve the youth in another way.”
On Friday, the Senate passed four laws that determine how the CNRP’s parliament and local authority seats will be redistributed if the party is dissolved.
Senate spokesman Mam Bun Neang said the laws would be sent back to the National Assembly today to forward them to the Constitutional Council.
The CNRP made major gains in last June’s commune elections, winning 489 commune chief positions.
“CPP councillors must not be upset with CNRP members if they move to join with us. This is my win-win policy,” Mr Hun Sen added.