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Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to supporters on Saturday in Kampong Speu province. Facebook
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to supporters on Saturday in Kampong Speu province. Facebook

Popular moves all ours: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen has lashed out at opposition leader Kem Sokha for “deceiving citizens” after the acting CNRP president recently claimed several government initiatives as having been inspired by his party.

On Saturday, Sokha told supporters in Kampong Speu that the ruling party’s efforts to raise the salaries of civil servants and cancel the toll fares on National Road 4 stemmed from opposition ideas and were made in response to the increasing political clout of the CNRP.

In a post on his Facebook page yesterday, the premier cautioned Sokha to stop taking credit for the government’s achievements. “This is deceiving citizens completely, which the opposition party can do without shame,” Hun Sen wrote.

He said that the government has achieved much more than the CNRP cared to acknowledge.

Hun Sen went on to accuse the opposition of calling on international donors and investors to boycott Cambodia, an apparent reference to a European Parliament resolution last year, backed by self-exiled CNRP president Sam Rainsy, that suggested aid to Cambodia could be cut.

In recent Facebook posts, Rainsy has also called on the government to ensure it implements democratic reforms attached to foreign aid.

Sokha could not be reached yesterday, but CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang said that his party provided an alternative vision to the government, which he said contributed to government decision making.

“The opposition party is a mirror to the ruling party,” he said, adding that sometimes the government chooses to heed what it sees, and sometimes it doesn’t. “[The CNRP] is not the enforcer.”



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Samdech Hun Sen can take all the credit for all these popular moves 10 or 10,000 but it will not change the fact that the government has many polices that are destroying Cambodian Natural resources, Cambodian culture, and Cambodian livelihood. Government policy such ELC which dispossess Cambodian people of millions of hectares to foreigners and few rich political elites, which contribute to destruction of Cambodia forest. The government culture of corruption and nepotism and unilateral decision of one man determine the country policies,laws, and customs and tradition. The policy of unfair economics system which few individual to have monopoly of Cambodian resources and daily commodity such has gasoline prices. In fact a policy of allowing the rich to legally to tax the poor with the government consent and aid. These policy will make it impossible for CPP to win the next election.