Funcinpec follies continue

Funcinpec follies continue

Long-time senior Funcinpec figure Nhek Bun Chhay yesterday warned the embattled royalist party could split yet again if an ongoing dispute between his and recently returned party president Prince Norodom Ranarridh’s factions is not resolved.

At a press conference in his Phnom Penh home, Bun Chhay, the second deputy president of the party, accused Ranariddh of removing large numbers of veterans from the party’s decision-making committees while appointing new officials from his short-lived Community of Royalist People’s Party.

He also claimed Ranariddh had ordered the party’s logo to be changed and for all Funcinpec signs in the country to be taken down in the meantime without approval from other party leaders.

“I think that if the Prince continues doing like this and does not listen to us, we will not be able to reunite the royalists and Sihanoukists, and instead it will cause Funcinpec to be split into many parts again,” Bun Chhay said.

Bun Chhay said he would meet with Ranariddh today in a bid to ease tensions.

Ranariddh’s spokesman Nhep Bun Chin denied Bun Chhay’s allegations, adding that he “always” violated the party’s internal rules.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding