CNRP, ministry to meet over congress

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The Interior Ministry and the main opposition party are to meet next week to discuss the opposition party’s planned congress, which the ministry has said is illegal.
The Interior Ministry has assigned the director-general of its General Department of Administration to meet senior officials from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to talk about the party’s planned congress. 
On Thursday, the Interior Ministry notified the CNRP that the party’s extraordinary congress to elect a new president and vice-president was illegal, stoking fears the government will prevent the party from standing in June’s commune elections.  
The ministry also reiterated its demand that the CNRP change its controversial slogan for the upcoming election campaign, saying it contradicted the spirit of the 1993 constitution.
After the ministry’s announcement, the CNRP wrote a letter to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, asking to meet Mr. Kheng or his representative to find a solution to the issue. 
Mr. Kheng responded on Friday, saying in an official letter that the meeting will take place next Wednesday at the ministry with the Director General of General Department of Administration, Prak Sam Oeun, and other officials. 

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