Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - SRP exodus continues

SRP exodus continues

SRP exodus continues

Two members of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party’s central committee have defected to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and taken 26 colleagues with them, weeks before the June 3 commune elections.

Pim Samnang and Kin Virak said yesterday that there was no bright future for them in the party they had served for most of their lives, because nepotism and divisions had strangled the SRP’s effectiveness.

“I have lived with the Sam Rainsy Party for 17 years, knowing only suffering, wasting time. Internally, the party was divided into many groups, so it has been seen that this party cannot beat the Cambodian People’s Party,” Pim Samnang said.

He said the party had overlooked him as a candidate because of nepotism, pointing out SRP deputy president Kong Korm’s son was a senator and Prey Veng province party president while his other son Kong Sakphea was a Prey Veng council member.

Pim Samnang denied the CPP had offered him a senior position for his defection and said those who had followed him included two district council members and council members from 10 Prey Veng communes.

Kong Korn said both men were about to be kicked out of the SRP because Pim Samnang had been caught persuading commune council members to sell their votes to the CPP in Senate elections earlier this year, while Kin Virak had problems with a land-selling business.

Cheam Him, the CPP Prey Veng provincial council president, said the former SRP members had switched to his party because of its strong political platform and were not bought off or offered desirable positions.

On Monday, 44 SRP members from Battambang province defected to the CPP.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meas Sokchea at [email protected]

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

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • American convicted of raping boy, 10, in Siem Reap

    A 79-year-old American man was sentenced to one year in prison for raping a 10-year-old boy by Siem Reap Provincial Court on Wednesday. John Paul Zollbrecht, of Washington state, was sentenced to one year in prison while a Cambodian man who helped facilitate the abuse, 23

  • PM derides talk of government affairs, hinting phone records could reveal all

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday night told Cambodia’s starlets to either name their high-profile government lovers or keep quiet, telling a room full of journalists he did not want to be tarred with the same brush. Addressing more than 3,400 people at the second