Around three dozen journalists all herded obligingly to the Inter-Conn Hotel at 4pm
on Monday, July 28 to attend a press conference organized by the "CPP",
especially since the Ministry of Information had announced the event.
They waited with bated breath for the latest statement from the victorious ruling
party only to discover that "CPP" meant something like "Committee
for Peace and Prosperity"--an alleged NGO run by a guy named Issei Inoue who
was touting his latest book.
It appears Mr Inoue-san was as shocked as the journalists by the mix-up, and when
he saw the hungry press pack licking their chops decided to grab the copies of his
book and split.
-- And then there was the Funcie/SRP press conference at the Cambodiana on July 29
when both parties [again] announced [again] they were rejecting [again] the election
A French reporter walked up to an American one and asked with a weary shake of his
head: "How do you say 'Déjà vu' in English?"
"We use 'Déjà vu' with no regrets or apologies," said the
Yank. "And by the way, how do you say 'email' in French?"
And there may be some cracks in the new SRP/Funcie alliance. At the same press conference,
one veteran SRP activist buttonholed an expat reporter and said: "Why don't
you ask Funcinpec how much it will take to buy them off this time around?"
-- World famous French diplomat Franck "Talleyrand" Gellet is back in town
for a brief stint, after wrestling with London, Algiers and Paris in recent years.
-- Mr Hang Dara of the Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party wins this year's award
for the most imaginative electoral violation.
No dangling chads for this creative Houdini. He argues instead that the CPP somehow
put a special chemical on the ballot papers so that when people voted for his party
the mark mysteriously moved to the box for the CPP.
Scientists are scratching their heads on this one, but Dara remains determined and
says he will take his complaint all the way to the top.
-- So-called reliable sources say that after the dust settles Chea Sophara may end
up at the Ministry of Rural Development, Keat Chhon will not [immediately] step down
as Minister of Finance, and there will be some back channel tussles over Ke Kim Yan's