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Prince Sisowath Chakreynupol (second right) speaks during a press conference at Cambodian Liberty Party headquarters in Phnom Penh's Sen Sok district yesterday.
Prince Sisowath Chakreynupol (second right) speaks during a press conference at Cambodian Liberty Party headquarters in Phnom Penh's Sen Sok district yesterday. Heng Chivoan

Prince made new head of ‘civilised royalists’

Sisowath Chakreynupol, a prince from one of Cambodia’s royal families, has taken over the reins of the Cambodian Liberty Party, a recently started micro-party.

Chakreynupol officially took over yesterday, almost two months after former leader and ex-CPP member Chea Chamroeun resigned shortly after founding the party.

The prince said he was unhappy working with other opposition parties but refused to join the ruling Cambodian People’s Party because they were “founded by communists”, and went on to define his new party as “civilised royalists”.

He said the CLP currently had 2,000 members and could not register with the Interior Ministry until that figure had doubled.

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