Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
PM Hun Sen's greeted his supporters recently. Facebook

Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday credited liberating Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge as among the reasons why people will vote for his ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) in the July 29 national elections.

Hun Sen, who has held the reins of power in Cambodia for more than 33 years, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday that the CPP “has the greatest support from people inside and outside the country”.

The CPP “liberated the nation from genocide, which is truly rescuing the nation”, he said, praising his party’s loyalty to the people, standing with them regardless of what befell the nation.

He said his party had maintained long-term peace, which provides happiness to people throughout the nation while providing opportunities to youth and workers.

Hun Sen said the CPP had “transformed Cambodia from the killing fields into the ‘Kingdom of Wonder’”, a country that equals any other and is among the most economically attractive places to do business in the region.

He also said that the CPP is the “only party that has an abundance of human resources who have the full ability and capacity to develop the country further”.

Kong Monika, president of the Khmer Will Party (KWP), which was created by former members of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, said Hun Sen’s remarks were “just the same old reasons”.

“The KWP believes that Hun Sen’s remarks are just the same old reasons to seek the support of voters, without giving consideration to the 70 percent of Cambodians in need. "

“The youth need proper employment and a decent income to improve living standards. They want access to good education and healthcare – and more importantly, the Cambodian people want inner peace,” he said.

Political analyst Lao Mong Hay said Hun Sen’s points were “nothing new – deja vu”.

“Cambodian society and its people have changed tremendously over a generation and have new aspirations, which the mentality and institutions of a generation ago cannot help the CPP meet and satisfy,” he said.

Funcinpec countered by saying it also had many accomplishments that contributed the country’s development. Its achievements, however, were not widely known as the party did not own TV or radio stations to broadcast them.

Funcinpec’s vice president and spokesperson Nhep Bun Chin said his party had achieved much in the past – from starting the process that led to the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, to agreeing to share power after winning the 1993 elections.

He said such accomplishments contributed greatly to Cambodia’s stability and development.

Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) president Pich Sros said he believed Hun Sen’s statement was “accurate”, but that those achievements were not enough.

“[Hun Sen’s] party helped liberate the nation from Pol Pot’s regime. That cannot be denied, but I want to point out that there were many others involved."

“Cambodians now demand more than what we have at present. We demand the transformation of the country into a civil nation, where people are financially secure and the youth don’t face employment problems,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Rainsy lands in Malaysia

    Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday afternoon after boarding a flight from Paris, where he has been living for more than four years. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Koy Kuong said on Saturday that Cambodia respected

  • Touch: Rainsy will never return

    Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has claimed it has achieved 70 per cent of its struggle to find a solution to the current political situation in the Kingdom. Just before boarding a plane at Charles de Gaulle

  • Sokha continues call for dropping of charge after bail conditions reduced

    Not satisfied with having his bail conditions reduced, allowing him to travel freely in Cambodia, Kem Sokha says he wants his charge totally dropped. “As an innocent man who has been in detention for two years even without being found guilty, I continue to demand

  • MEPs' call for Rainsy's safety not European Parliament position

    The European Parliament said on Friday that a statement by 56 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calling for guarantees of Sam Rainsy’s freedom and safety should he return to Cambodia did not represent its position. Delphine Colard, the European Parliament’s press officer told

  • Sar Kheng: Rainsy return not blocked

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng clarified that Cambodia had never blocked Sam Rainsy from returning to the Kingdom. However, he said Cambodia reserved the right to take legal action as allowed by law against activities aimed at destroying the Kingdom. “No one blocked the return

  • Cambodia celebrates 66th Independence Day

    Cambodia on Saturday celebrated Independence Day to mark the end of French colonial rule under the leadership of King Father Norodom Sihanouk in 1953. Thousands of people from all walks of life watched King Norodom Sihamoni light the victory flame at Independence Monument to mark the 66