Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Funcinpec fires four

Funcinpec fires four

Funcinpec party President Prince Norodom Ranariddh (right) attends a party meeting on Saturday in Phnom Penh.
Funcinpec party President Prince Norodom Ranariddh (right) attends a party meeting on Saturday in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Funcinpec fires four

A Funcinpec member who created a petition to remove other high-ranking party officials has instead himself been fired by party President Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Party Deputy Secretary-General Seng Haksrun distributed a petition on Thursday calling for the dismissal of Deputy President Por Bun Sreu and Secretary-General Yim Savy, accusing the pair of nepotism.

That same day, in a statement made public on Friday, Ranariddh signed a request submitted by Bun Sreu dismissing Haksrun, as well as Nop Phorn, Meach Samroul and Pheap Pheach.

On Saturday, Ranariddh held a meeting with party members in Phnom Penh, during which he confirmed that he dismissed four officials at Bun Sreu’s request.

In a recording of the meeting, he also warned members of Funcinpec not to bribe journalists to hush up the story of internal conflict.

“Please keep this money to give to the people who vote for Funcinpec,” he said.

At the same time, however, Ranariddh went on to remind party officials not to make public internal quarrels.

In a written statement, the prince condemned the petition as “incitement” meant to “split internal solidarity”.

Haksrun, meanwhile, said in an interview that his dismissal was illegal, and vowed to file a complaint for defamation.

“I suffer too much in the position of deputy secretary-general,” he said, blaming Bun Sreu and Savy for a “party coup”, and claiming the pair are loyal to former Funcinpec President Nhek Bun Chhay.

“I will file a complaint because they defame my reputation,” Haksrun said.

Neither Bun Sreu nor Savy could be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided