Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Royalists form new alliance

Royalists form new alliance

Royalists form new alliance

THE Kingdom’s estranged royalist parties have agreed to an alliance in a first step towards full reunification ahead of elections in 2012 and 2013, party officials announced Monday.

Funcinpec President Keo Puth Reaksmey said the alliance – to be known as the Funcinpec-Nationalist Alliance – would be formed with himself and Nationalist Party (NP) head Chhim Siek Leng as co-presidents.

He added that despite poor showings in recent polls, the royalists are still relevant as a movement that defends the monarchy and democratic principles including human rights and the rule of law.

“This is the platform of the Funcinpec-Nationalist Alliance as well as for our future single party,” he told reporters at the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters.

Royalist fortunes have declined steeply since Funcinpec won the 1993 election under Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s leadership, and the movement has lost seats in every election since. In 2006, Norodom Ranariddh was expelled from the party after being convicted of embezzling party funds, and formed his own party.

At the 2008 national elections, Funcinpec and the new Norodom Ranariddh Party – later rebranded the NP – won just four National Assembly seats between them.

On Monday, NP President Chhim Siek Leng said that the alliance was a signal that both parties wanted to re-establish friendly relations and put their past troubles behind them.

“Both our parties were previously one party that was royalist, nationalist and democratic. Despite both the parties’ splitting in the past, we all have forgotten the past and regard it as a political experience,” he said.

NP secretary general You Hokry confirmed that the two parties plan to merge under a single name in time for the 2012 commune council elections.
On Monday, Cheam Yeap, a senior lawmaker for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), congratulated the parties on the alliance.

“On behalf of the CPP, which won the election, I would like to congratulate them,” he said.

“Normally, parties are created with the aim of leading the country, so they will try,” he said.


  • Professor beaten by mob in Phnom Penh after alleged hit-and-run

    Updated with new information: 6:44am, Tuesday March 13 2018 A university professor accused of a hit-and-run has been transported to Vietnam with serious head injuries after he was brutally beaten by a mob in Phnom Penh late Sunday afternoon. A video of the attack shows a group

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of