Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Royalists to join new opposition alliance

Royalists to join new opposition alliance

A day before the newly formed National Salvation Party’s (NSP) official registration, it got some good news – a handful of Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP) members in Kampot province are adding their names to the new political force.

Chea Poch, lawmaker and president of the Sam Rainsy Party in Kampot province, told the Post yesterday that Mao Ratana, president of the NRP’s election staff in Kampot, has decided to join the new political alliance formed in mid-July between the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party.

Poch did not confirm any more specific names, claiming that it would affect their positions in the government. However, he promised to release the information in the middle of next month, and made additional claims, without citing specific officials, that members of other parties are interested in following Ratana’s lead.

“I would like to welcome members from any political party,” he said.

Several phone calls to Ratana attempting to confirm his decision yesterday were not returned. But a letter he reportedly sent last week to NSP leader Sam Rainsy praised the new party in effusive language.

“I understand that there is only the Democratic Movement for National Rescue [the previous name of the NSP] that can salvage the nation,” he said in the letter.

Sao Rany, the NRP official who edged out Prince Ranariddh to make room for a merger with the other royalist party, Funcinpec, said he’s not concerned about losing a member to the new party.

“It is not important [his resignation], because at the grassroots level, all members” support us, he said, adding that the NRP still has members in nine communes and eight districts in Kampot province.

Rany said that in the most recent commune elections in June, NRP won only one commune seat in Kampot province.

The meeting today to register the party will take place at the Ministry of Interior at 1 pm. Sam Rainsy, in self-exile abroad, is to address the members via internet video link.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meas Sokchea at sokchea.meas@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc