Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More internal strife for FUNCINPEC over ‘irregular’ procedures

More internal strife for FUNCINPEC over ‘irregular’ procedures

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Por Bun Sreu (right) meets with FUNCINPEC acting president Prince Norodom Chakravuth on December 28 last year. FACEBOOK

More internal strife for FUNCINPEC over ‘irregular’ procedures

Prince Norodom Chakravuth, acting president of FUNCINPEC party, has appointed Por Bun Sreu as vice-president in the run-up to the commune council elections scheduled for June, hoping to heal the divisions it has experienced since the passing of his father Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

However, the internal problems of the royalist party continue to drag on, as some party officials have declared the appointment administratively incorrect, based on the prince’s role as acting president.

Funcinpec spokesman Nhoeun Raden told The Post on January 27 that all party members would follow Prince Chakravuth’s appointment of Bun Sreu, adding that it reflected Bun Sreu’s maturity, and previous service to the party. He has been a member of the party since its 1981 founding under the leadership of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

“Under the leadership of Prince Chakravuth, the party continues to welcome the return of former members. The prince will assign roles based on their loyalty and commitment to FUNCINPEC,” he said, adding that Bun Sreu had previously opposed the prince’s role as acting president.

However, Phan Sethy, who claims to be the spokesman for the party’s board of directors and who was expelled by the party, said that the appointment of Bun Sreu as deputy party president was not administratively correct because Prince Chakravuth did not have full legal rights to appoint anyone to any post, especially one as important as vice-president.

“I do not understand it why he keeps trying to do this. If you consult administrative procedures and the party statute, it is not right. If Bun Sreu is to be appointed, we must wait until a party congress has been held,” he said.

Sethy added that the appointment is also out of line with administrative law in Cambodia. An acting president has no right to appoint any person, but merely oversees the operations of a party or company.

Raden denied Phan Sethy’s comments, saying Prince Chakravuth has the right to manage and lead the party under the law and adding that the prince is recognised by the Ministry of Interior.

Bun Sreu could not be reached for comment on January 27, but in November he wrote a letter of support for Prince Chakravuth as president of Funcinpec.

MOST VIEWED

  • All Covid restrictions for inbound travellers lifted

    Cambodia has apparently taken the final step towards full reopening of the country without Covid-19 restrictions by removing all requirements for inbound travellers, who until now had to show health certificates indicating that they have tested Covid-19 negative in the past 72 hours as well as

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Cambodia stands firm on 5PC: No invite for Myanmar to ASEAN Summit this year

    Cambodia has not invited Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of Myanmar’s ruling State Administration Council (SAC), to the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit and related meetings scheduled for next month in Phnom Penh. The government will instead invite a non-political representative from Myanmar

  • Mushrooming borey projects and home financing – a cause for concern?

    A spurt in housing developments is typically a sign of a growing economy but underneath all that might lay some anxiety of credit growth as developers offer financing to buyers at higher rates, an activity the central bank identifies as ‘shadow banking’ Earlier this year,

  • Thai Senate delegates in Cambodia to discuss anti-graft co-op

    A delegation from Thailand's Senate was in Phnom Penh on September 28 to meet their Cambodian counterparts to discuss strategies for fighting corruption and enhancing cooperation. The Thai delegates were from its Senate’s Committee on Studying and Inspecting Corruption, Misconduct and Strengthening Good Governance. They

  • Scholarship winner tells secrets to success

    Chhim Chaknineath was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for one year of postgraduate study in the UK for the academic year 2022-2023 along with a group of 10 other outstanding students who applied. She spent more than a year researching and studying – as well as consulting with