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Funcinpec shoots down rumours of Chinese VP

Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh signs in at the National Assembly ahead of a plenary session yesterday.
Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh signs in at the National Assembly ahead of a plenary session yesterday. Hong Menea

Funcinpec shoots down rumours of Chinese VP

The royalist Funcinpec party yesterday denied local media reports that it had appointed a Chinese national as vice president.

Rasmei Kampuchea on Sunday put up an online story, quoting an anonymous Funcinpec official, alleging the party had appointed a Chinese man named Jack Kise to the post of party vice president – a move that would be illegal under the Law on Political Parties.

“A senior Funcinpec party [member] leaked to Reaksmey Kampuchea on 13 January that Samdech Krom Prah Norodom [Ranariddh], president of the Funcinpec party, has appointed Jack Kise, who is a Chinese citizen, as deputy president,” the Rasmei Kampuchea story reads, with a similar story appearing in the Khmer Times as well.

The story comes just weeks after Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh said he had requested Chinese funding from a visiting diplomat, again in apparent violation of the Political Parties Law.

Despite a recording existing of the prince saying he made the request, it was quickly and repeatedly denied by a party spokesman.

Ranariddh yesterday denied the reports, saying the party had made no such appointments.

“I heard it; it is impossible. We can promote [someone] only if he is a Cambodian citizen,” Ranariddh said on the sidelines of a National Assembly plenary session today.

Party spokesman Nheb Bun Chin said that there was a long-time adviser named “Jackie”, but he was a Cambodian citizen, not a Chinese national.

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