Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KPP leaders set to meet officials over status

KPP leaders set to meet officials over status

Acting Khmer Power Party leader Suong Sophorn speaks to the press on Tuesday in Phnom Penh
Acting Khmer Power Party leader Suong Sophorn speaks to the press on Tuesday in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

KPP leaders set to meet officials over status

Leaders of the Khmer Power Party will meet Interior Ministry officials today to discuss the legal status of the party following the arrest of their leader and a police raid on their headquarters on suspicions of their links to an alleged terrorist group.

Former party leader Sourn Serey Ratha was arrested on Sunday for criticising the deployment of troops to the Lao border, and police raided his party’s headquarters on Tuesday, saying they believed he was working with the overseas Khmer National Liberation Front to create a government-in-exile.

The KPP has named its deputy leader, Soung Sophorn, as acting leader in an attempt to avoid running afoul of new clauses in the Political Parties Law that could allow for its dissolution, and the party’s leaders were yesterday sent invitations to the Interior Ministry to discuss its legal status.

Chhim Kan, the deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s Administrative Department, which sent the invitation, said he could not comment on the meeting until it took place. “I can’t say. We’ll ask them first,” he said.

Sophorn said that he would attend, and hoped to avoid the party’s dissolution. Among the changes to the parties law is a ban on parties that impact “the security of the state”.

KNLF leader Sam Serey, who from Denmark has been working to create a government-in-exile and who has long denied the government’s claims he is a terrorist, said in an email he had occasional contact with Serey Ratha’s party.

“We have same goals toward peace, freedom and democracy. His party has been working with me informally or we could say secretly due to the risk,” Serey said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from

  • Sihanoukville authorities find 83 rubbish-packed containers

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state,

  • ‘Cambodia Democracy Act’ passed by US House

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by th US president, the bill would allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking