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PM: Form new parties to contest election

May Titthara 12:17 / Khmer Times Share:
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to workers on Sunday morning supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen told workers on Sunday morning that the main opposition political party which was dissolved by the Supreme Court would not be revived, but he recommended that opposition figures create new parties to contest the upcoming election.

Speaking during a gathering with representatives of workers at Koh Pich on Sunday morning, Mr Hun Sen said that due to rumours and disinformation about the revival of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party, he reaffirmed his stance that the party dissolved by the Supreme Court would not be back. The former party’s name will not be renewed, he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen

“Let me give you some recommendations that can be useful and not waste time,” he said. “There is only one way to form a new party, to compete democratically in the next election, rather than to say false propaganda and to waste more time.”

On November 16 the Supreme Court decided to dissolve the opposition CNRP on treason charges following complaints filed by Funcinpec and the Cambodian Youth Party in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha’s arrest on treason charges. All118 CNRP members were banned from politics for five years.

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