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Members of the ruling Cambodian People's Party take part in the opening of the CPP congress in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2015. AFP
Members of the ruling Cambodian People's Party take part in the opening of the CPP congress in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2015. AFP

CPP central committee meets in Phnom Penh

Amid a heated political atmosphere, members of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s powerful central committee met yesterday at the party’s headquarters, though a spokesman claimed the gathering was “routine”.

A large group of the more than 500 committee members – which included dozens of top-level military commanders – met at the building on Norodom Boulevard just after 8am.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan characterised the meeting as routine, saying members went over the party’s six-month performance.

He denied the party discussed the case of Cambodia National Rescue Party acting president Kem Sokha, who has been holed up at the party’s headquarters since an attempt by police to arrest him on May 26.

The CPP has been widely accused of driving a crackdown against its opponents – wielding the judiciary to bring a slew of legal cases against opposition members, human rights workers and critics.



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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Dara,

The CPP continues to play a losing game. They fear the significant popularity of the CNRP.

Instead of thinking about ways and means of silencing any opposition, the CPP should be most concerned about the Global Witness report titled "Hostile Takeover." This report has done more to damage the PM's reputation than anything else in recent memory.

The report might signal that many more nails are being placed in the political coffin of the PM. A smart man would resign now and spare his family any further embarrassment.

The information contained in the Global Witness report will damage Cambodia, first through the international investment community. While this is ongoing, NGOs will experience a reduction of funding through the international community.

Australia has already begun by announcing the end of it's funding for the Cambodian Red Cross, and this was announced prior to the Global Witness report being made public. Other countries will follow suit.

Furthermore, think about world leaders who have recently contacted the PM and asked him about his well publicized known wealth.


The international community does not like to be lied to. Yet the PM claims, in his filing with the Anti-Corruption Unit in 2013, his only income is through his job as PM. His salary of approximately $15,000/year over a 30 year period would only yield a total of $450,000. With interest while kept in a bank, it might swell to $1 million if no money was spent.

So, the real question is: How did the PM attain a net worth of approximately $640 million?

The ACU should investigate this situation. However and in reality, the ACU is really the Pro-Corruption Unit.

The best solution is for the PM to resign. However, the CPP does not understand the concept of "best and most."

The CPP should learn to play fair, but they continue to play a losing game. There is a distinct ignorance and weakness in effective leadership within the CPP. The people of Cambodia recognize this weakness.

The CPP and the PM are not liked by the majority of Cambodians, and this condition expanded in Cambodia due to the Global Witness report. The report is what the CPP should be examining.


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