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CNRP aide to protest dismissal

CNRP aide to protest dismissal

The ousted assistant to the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president will not go quietly. Instead, she’s going to hold a protest.

Lak Sopheap, assistant to Kem Sokha, was dismissed from the CNRP after alleging corruption within the party on Saturday. She stated that Sokha had complained that party president Sam Rainsy accepted $20 million to negotiate with Prime Minister Hun Sen during a political deadlock last year.

“I will hold a demonstration in front of the office of the [Cambodia] National Rescue Party, about 200 or 300 people from Phnom Penh will participate,” Sopheap said yesterday.

Sopheap said she has not decided whether she will file a complaint with CNRP leadership over the firing.

Ou Chanrith, the chairman of the CNRP’s disciplinary committee, who dismissed Sopheap from the party for damaging its reputation, previously said that Sopheap had claimed she had been misquoted.

At a press conference this week, Sopheap said Chanrith did not have the authority to oust her. Chanrith, however, said the committee acted within its power.

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