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Listen up: Free advice offered to government

A group of some of the Kingdom’s most prominent political analysts and researchers are banding together to form an informal think tank to provide policy recommendations to the government.

Political analyst Sok Touch said yesterday that more than 20 doctorate-holders were collaborating to set up an informal research group called the “Social Network”.

“We have ideas to help politicians and political parties because some politicians are walking in the wrong direction,” he said.

“If politicians do not accept, when the country falls into crisis, we will tell people that politicians did not listen to us and to vote for the politicians that do.”

While the opposition welcomed the idea, government spokesman Phay Siphan was less enthused.

“Although they do not have a doctorate, [our] leaders have enough experience in state functions and have many advisers with doctorates.”



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