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CNRP urges unity in New Year’s messages

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng and Cambodia National Rescue Party president Kem Sokha shake hands at a political meeting at the National Assembly last August.
Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng and Cambodia National Rescue Party president Kem Sokha shake hands at a political meeting at the National Assembly last August. Heng Chivoan

CNRP urges unity in New Year’s messages

Opposition leaders yesterday took to social media to call for peace and unity in 2016 after months of rough and tumble politics, with acting Cambodia National Rescue Party president Kem Sokha suggesting parties should meet in the new year to clear the air.

In separate New Year’s messages on Facebook, Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy and Sokha beseeched political party leaders of all stripes to focus on the nation’s interests in 2016.

“On this occasion, I would like all Khmer politicians to stop the rancour, revenge, threats, intimidation,” Sokha said, in a video clip posted to Facebook.

“I hope the New Year of 2016 brings harmony, peace, national unity, national reconciliation and more trust between Khmer and Khmer.”

Rainsy, who remains in self-imposed exile to avoid prison on seemingly politically motivated charges, also called for unity from all in politics.

Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Sous Yara welcomed the calls for harmony, though warned the CNRP not to point fingers and dwell on the past.

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