Funcinpec and the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) have rejected further negotiations to form
a new government with the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), following the shooting
death of pro-Funcinpec radio journalist Chuor Chetharith earlier in the week. They
gave no date when progress might resume.
The political deadlock has postponed ratification of a new government for at least
three months since the elections in July.
Funcinpec and SRP, cooperating as the Alliance of Democrats, announced they would
continue to boycott any negotiations, during a press conference at the Sunway Hotel
on October 23.
They would not say whether the Alliance of Democrats had accepted a political scenario
for a new government proposed by the King on October 18 .
In a public declaration, the King outlined a scenario for the formation of a new
government with Hun Sen as Prime Minister, as long as the CPP divided influential
positions between Funcinpec and SRP. The King suggested Funcinpec President Prince
Norodom Ranariddh and Chea Sim, chairman of the CPP, assume positions as either leader
of the National Assembly or the Senate.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was proposed to become either vice-president of the
National Assembly or deputy prime minister in the new government. The King wrote
that the three parties should distribute lower-ranking positions among themselves.
He admonished the CPP, Funcinpec and SRP about the stalemate and directed them to
make sacrifices to end it.
"If Samdech Hun Sen insists on denying the formation of a new government with
the three political parties, I believe that this will be a major obstacle preventing
the resolution of the present political crisis," the King wrote.
The King has yet to set a date for further negotiations.
Rainsy and Prince Norodom Sirivudh, secretary general of Funcinpec, told reporters
at the October 23 press conference that they did not know how long the boycott would
"We are waiting to monitor the political environment in the next several weeks,"
said Rainsy. "The political negotiation can not proceed under threat."
On October 14, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the political deadlock would end
only after a party decided to join a coalition government with the CPP. He said that
situation could continue until 2008 because no deadline existed for the current government.