Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CPP's patience wearing thin with opposition

CPP's patience wearing thin with opposition

CPP's patience wearing thin with opposition

INTERVIEW

PRIME Minister-elect Hun Sen's most senior adviser says

that the CPP is remaining very patient over the protracted deadlock in forming a

new government.

But, Hor Nam Hong told the Post on Oct 11, "it is true we are nearly at the

end, [but] not yet at the extreme end, of our patience. We want to have a government

as soon as possible but we can wait a little bit more."

Nam Hong, who holds a Minister of State rank, painted a picture of his party being

both understanding yet rankled because Funcinpec, he said, "was going too far.

What are they looking for? A confrontation at all costs? The annulment of the election?

What?"

Nam Hong hotly tipped for the ministerial position at Foreign Affairs, though that

post may yet be negotiable said he wasn't yet sure whether Funcinpec were simply

playing out the stalemate to streng- then their bargaining position. If so, he said,

"I don't know whether this way is making for unanimity within Funcinpec".

Nam Hong said the CPP was looking to King Sihanouk as the key to achieve political

agreement.

"Funcinpec should be careful," he said. "It should know how far it

can go in its maneuvers. They always accuse the CPP and Hun Sen of causing their

internal problems in the past they should not go back to that in the future."

"We did not think before the election, given that we were ready to hand over

power, that the opposition would adopt such an attitude. We believed that they were

trustworthy when they were talking about democracy... We are disappointed."

Asked whether some within the CPP were upset that Hun Sen had made concessions to

the opposition with which they may not have agreed, Nam Hong said: "It is true

that not everyone understood the concessions... but it was explained and everyone

now trusts him. Thereis no problem in the CPP.

"There is no "hardline wing" in the party. Maybe there are some elements,

some personalities, who do not have the same appreciation of the political scene.

But there is no hardline wing, that would imply a group but there is no group."

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the