Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Coup remembered

Coup remembered

Coup remembered

July 5 and 6 marked the third anniversary of the 1997 coup when troops loyal to the

then co-Prime Ministers battled on the streets of Phnom Penh.

About 200 people died during the coup and its bloody aftermath.

Troops backing the CPP triumphed in the fighting, forcing First Prime Minister Prince

Norodom Rannaridh and leading Funcinpec party members to flee into exile - leaving

Second Prime Minister Hun Sen as the undisputed ruler of Cambodia.

The anniversary passed with little fanfare.

The Government's spokesman, Khieu Kanharith, said for the sake of national reconciliation

it would be best for people to: "let bygones be bygones".

Deputy Secretary-General of the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), Meng Vitha, said: "It's

important to commemorate the anniversary because we believe those who laid down their

lives died for democracy."

SRP members will gather at party headquarters for a Buddhist ceremony to mark the

coup anniversary today, July 7.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Protests planned in New York as Hun Sen to attend the UN

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But US-based supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to throw eggs at his car as part of a series of protests to coincide

  • CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. Sok Eysan issued the warning as Monovithya, who is the court dissolved

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune