Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Funcinpec officials claim expulsion over internal failings

Funcinpec officials claim expulsion over internal failings

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Funcinpec leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh speaks at a party congress in September 2017. Heng Chivoan

Funcinpec officials claim expulsion over internal failings

The four Funcinpec senior officials who were expelled by the party claim they were removed as they were unable to fulfil their responsibilities effectively. They rejected claims that their expulsion was due to pressure from Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital on Thursday morning to clarify their positions, they also said they could not carry out their party work effectively due to internal problems within it.

“We suspect that all decisions were not signed by the Prince but the signature [to change their positions] was forged or scanned because we have not received the original documents regarding the decision as yet.

“[Only] the decision to end our memberships from the party was signed by Prince Norodom Chakravuth, the acting president on August 20, 2018,” they collectively said in a letter released at the press conference.

No contact with Prince

The group said there were internal issues within the party and they had tried to contact the Prince, who is currently receiving medical treatment in Bangkok after a car accident, but they could not speak to him because of several barriers, they said.

“In short, these barriers are from the Prince’s relatives. I can only say that the dismissal was based on the party’s internal rules and it is the decision of the acting president,” said Funcinpec’s spokesman Nub Sothearith.

The four dismissed officials, seen as loyal to Prince Norodom Ranariddh, are You Hok Kry, the party’s former deputy president, Nheb Bunchin, former deputy president and spokesman, Por Bun Sreu, also former deputy president and Van Sophanna, former deputy general-secretary.

Ranariddh, who is Funcinpec president, recently appointed his son Prince Norodom Chakravuth as the acting party president.

The 48-year-old Prince Chakravuth is the son of Ranariddh and his first wife, Mary Ranariddh.

The appointment of the older prince was done after the car crash on June 17 in Preah Sihanouk province. His current wife, Ouk Phalla, was killed in the accident.

MOST VIEWED

  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

    In an effort to halt Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen has postponed the Khmer New Year holidays scheduled from April 13 to 16. While the people will not have their usual break, nor will there be any public celebrations or gatherings at pagodas,

  • No word on state of emergency

    The National Assembly (NA) said it will postpone all unnecessary meetings in line with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it did not say when or how it will debate the “state of emergency”

  • State of emergency draft law set for NA

    A draft law aiming to place the Kingdom in a state of emergency amid the Covid-19 pandemic is set for a debate at the National Assembly (NA) after going through the Council of Ministers’ Standing Committee meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

  • NA, Senate set for bill on ‘emergency’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested the Senate to convene an extraordinary meeting to review the draft law that aims to put the Kingdom in a state of emergency after the bill reached the National Assembly (NA) on Friday. The draft law, which was approved

  • Tourists can now prolong their stay

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said tourists holding Visa T and arriving in the Kingdom after January 1 will be allowed to prolong their stay until they are able to return home. The decision comes as Cambodia and most countries take measures to

  • Hun Sen, ministers, officials donate salaries in virus fight

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior government officials have decided to donate their salaries to the National Committee for Combating Covid-19 in support of the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. Hun Sen announced in an April 1 letter that because the Covid-19 situation in Cambodia