Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scores ‘defect’ from CNRP in Prey Veng

Scores ‘defect’ from CNRP in Prey Veng

Pheng Vannak attends a ceremony in Prey Veng on Saturday where former CNRP members were recognised as CPP supporters. Photo supplied
Pheng Vannak attends a ceremony in Prey Veng on Saturday where former CNRP members were recognised as CPP supporters. Photo supplied

Scores ‘defect’ from CNRP in Prey Veng

More than 50 village-level CNRP members in Prey Veng province have defected to the ruling party, a local Cambodian People’s Party official announced yesterday, though an opposition spokesman said the group never belonged to the party.

According to Pheng Vannak, the deputy chief of the CPP’s working group in Mesang district’s Prey Khnes commune, the party inducted 54 former opposition supporters during a ceremony on Saturday.

“We welcome all members from every political party,” Vannak said. “They joined with us because they are no longer happy and have lost confidence in the opposition, because it always makes empty promises.”

Ngin Nhorn, 52, among those initiated on the weekend, said he was disgruntled because the CNRP had not delivered on a promise to make him a local official.

“I served the CNRP since it was born, and the party promised me I would become the village chief of Trapang Preah I in Mesang district, but they lied,” Nhorn said. “Now I understand about development. The CPP has brought roads and electricity to the village.”

However, a spokesman for the Cambodia National Rescue Party, Eng Chhay Eang, said the men were not CNRP members and their “defection” was an “old political move” by their rivals.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all