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Funcinpec faces storm over China plea

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Prince Norodom Ranariddh asked China for support in this year’s national election. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prince Sisowath Chakrey Noukpol warned yesterday he would stage mass protests in front of the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh and file a formal complaint to the Supreme Court should the royalist Funcinpec party receive funds from China.

Prince Chakrey Noukpol, president of the Cambodian Liberty Party, said on social media that a recent meeting between Funcinpec’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh and China’s Wang Weiguang was about asking for funds ahead of next year’s election.

“Please do wait to see if China really supports the request of Prince Norodom Ranariddh. If it is so, I will personally protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh, and I will file a complaint to the Supreme Court to dissolve the Funcinpec Party like they did to the opposition CNRP party,” he said.

Prince Chakrey Noukpol quoted recent laws on political parties prohibiting any party from receiving financial aid from a foreign state.

Following a praying ceremony for happiness at the Royal Palace yesterday, Funcinpec head Prince Ranariddh responded to Prince Chakrey Noukpol, saying that requesting aid from China was his duty as party leader, considering his party was the poorest in the country.

Prince Sisowath Chakrey Noukpol. Supplied

“It’s up to China to give aid or not. If they think the law prohibits them from supporting us, they will abide,” said Prince Ranariddh. “If Prince Chakrey Noukpol wants to ask for the dissolution of Funincpec, it is his right as a Cambodian citizen.”

On December 25, Prince Ranaridhh asked Mr Weiguang, president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Central Committee of Communist Party of China, for support in the upcoming July election.

Mr Weiguang promised to bring the request to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Funcinpec issued a statement denying Prince Ramariddh asked for financial support from the Communist Party of China.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reach for comment.

Following the CNRP dissolution, Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed that any party receiving foreign support would be banned from elections and face strong retaliations from the law.

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