Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
King Norodom Sihamoni greets a crowd last year. Photo supplied

CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month.

They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition and stay away from the ballot box.

Ramping up his push for a boycott, former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy posted on his Facebook page on Saturday, saying that people should follow the King’s example.

“Even though the King is being held hostage by Hun Sen he has let us know that he would not go to vote on July 29. Let’s follow his good example with regard to this fake election! On that particular day we just want to be neutral like him!,” Rainsy wrote alongside a portrait of King Norodom Sihamoni.

But Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Eysan called the CNRP messages “insults” to the King, who is neutral in the ballot process and has no political leanings.

“Sam Rainsy is cheating people to follow the King, it is an insult against the King’s reputation. He is using King’s honour as a shield, to cheat people,” he said.

The CNRP was dissolved by court order last November after its president Kem Sokha was arrested over alleged treason charges. The party’s 118 senior officials have also been banned from political activity for five years.

On Monday, CNRP’s former vice president Eng Chhay Eang wrote a similar message on his Facebook page, saying: “The king is not going to vote. We are not going to vote, maintaining clean fingers is following the King.”

Grassroots Democratic Party secretary general Sam Inn, reflected on the precedent set by both the King and his father on not voting in elections.

“King Norodom Sihamoni never goes to the polls because he wants to maintain the neutrality in the office of the King. I believe that the remarks made by former CNRP leaders in connection with King Norodom Sihamoni are incorrect,” Inn said.

Since 1993, the reigning monarch has never cast a ballot.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Mr Pancake or M Crepe? Tasty by any title

    Crowds of people gather around a lone man with a mobile food cart every day at around 2pm in front of the Institut Francais du Cambodge to order what many say are the best crepes in Phnom Penh. To some – even to the man making

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused