A new political party is promising to find jobs for youth across the Kingdom if the party wins the elections in 2017 and 2018. The president of the Cambodian Youth Party (YCP), Pich Sros, said he is creating this new party because the parties in existence do not give value to youth, nor do they solve the youth problems of unemployment and education.
Mr. Sros has worked with the Beehive Social Democratic Party (BSDP, led by Mr. Mam Sonando, and he used to have a relationship with Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the president of Funcipec party.
Mr. Sros launched the party with a press conference yesterday at YCP’s office in Phnom Penh. “I know leaders who don’t think about the people. Youth’s interest is the reason I am making a new party,” he said. The issue of jobs for youth is the first policy of YCP when the party wins the election, he added.
Sok Esay, Cambodian Peoples Party spokesman, said, “There is nothing strange because this is the practice according to the Constitution. Every citizen has the rights to create a political party and we follow multi-party democracy. Overall, in the CPP activity, we support all folks including farmers, workers, youth, elders and middle-age people.”
“The CPP has already done what the new party is talking about,” he said. “In our political platform, we have the policy to help our youth find jobs. The employment for youth is our top priority because they are the bamboo shoot to replace the bamboo,” he said.
“The CPP supports the creation of the new political party because we respect the constitution. We are open to all political parties and the competition from those parties,” the CPP spokesman added.
Yim Sovann, spokesman of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said, “I believe it does not affect the CNRP, and the people will choose the party that they are satisfied with. Normally, when the new party comes, they always give this reason and that reason. What matters is whether the Cambodians will support it or not. In the CNRP, the majority taking leadership roles are youth and almost half of lawmakers are youth.”