Minister of Interior Sar Kheng expressed his “gratitude” to the Cambodian public, recognising their contribution to national stability, peace, and growth, irrespective of political alignments.

The vice-president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) made the remarks while leading an election campaign on July 14, traversing Kors Kralor, Rukhak Kiri and Moung Russey districts in his Battambang constituency.

“People of various political stances have embraced peace and given their support to the government leadership during the sixth mandate of 2018-2023,” said Sar Kheng.

He emphasised the vital role played by harmonious and unbiased politics in preserving peace, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political stability in Cambodia, including the defence of the monarchy.

Kheng extended his thanks to the residents of the three districts for their unity in challenging times, specifically post the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime. He noted their continued faith in the CPP, expressed through their votes.

The minister also urged citizens to participate in the upcoming July 23 general election, as enshrined in the Constitution.

He rallied for their support of the ruling party’s political platform to ensure the nation continues to enjoy peace and development and achieve significant milestones.

Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, underscored the paramount importance of the people’s involvement in nation-building, particularly their support for the government’s political programmes.

Peou highlighted the necessity for participation from different social strata and varying political alignments.

“Without the participation of people with diverse inclinations, this government’s leadership could not have been accomplished. When a political party wins an election, the government belongs to the entire nation, not merely the ruling party. Thus, the involvement of all stakeholders is essential to safeguard the government’s leadership,” Peou added.