AROUND 5,000 supporters of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) are expected to turn out this morning for celebrations marking the 59th anniversary of its founding, senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said Sunday.
“The CPP is the leading political party in the country, and there will be a gathering on Monday at which the president of the party will reiterate its political programme ... to continue to prevent all attempts for the genocidal regime to return to power and strengthen political stability and peace,”
said Cheam Yeap, who is also a member of the CPP’s permanent committee.
He said that CPP president Chea Sim would give a speech to supporters focusing on improving the living conditions of all Cambodians.
“I believe that the CPP will show strong political will to eliminate corruption and other forms of exploitation such as land grabbing in order to build confidence among the people ... for the upcoming commune and national elections in 2012 and 2013,” he added.
The CPP traces its origins to February 1951, when the Vietnamese-dominated Indochinese Communist Party was disbanded in favour of three national parties representing the Vietnamese, Khmer and Lao communist movements. However, the present iteration of the party – known until 1991 as the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kampuchea – was formed in 1981 following the Vietnamese-backed overthrow of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.