Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP ‘nepotism’ letter leaked online by Seiha

CNRP ‘nepotism’ letter leaked online by Seiha

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prince Sisowath Thomico (center) attends a Cambodia National Rescue Party press conference at the party’s head quarters in Phnom Penh last year. Hong Menea

CNRP ‘nepotism’ letter leaked online by Seiha

A Facebook user behind a slew of leaks seemingly aimed at damaging the opposition has released more material, publishing a letter from a senior CNRP official requesting that the party dissolve its executive committee in Preah Sihanouk province because of “nepotism”.

The user, Seiha, who has leaked online a raft of covertly recorded phone conversations featuring opposition figures, posted over the weekend a request from Cambodia National Rescue Party official Prince Sisowath Thomico sent to party leader Kem Sokha on March 11.

In the letter, Thomico, who is head of the party’s working group in Sihanoukville, explains that during his absence provincial officials had revised the makeup of the lower level district committees.

He wrote that the reshuffle had “created chaos and discouraged local activists”, and the provincial CNRP officials displayed “strong nepotism”. He proceeded to ask the party’s disciplinary committee to supervise a vote on whether to disband and re-establish the branch.

Reached yesterday, Thomico declined to go into details of the “internal and very local issue”, though he said a vote on the matter was yet to take place.

He called the leak “troubling”, but said its aim to “undermine the credibility of the CNRP as a united party” had failed.

Sok Sovath, the CNRP executive committee chief in Sihanoukville, said Thomico had the “right to make the request”, but rejected claims of nepotism and said the prince should not interfere with the body’s tasks.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a