Headed by Prum Neakareach, a 52-year-old former ANKI army officer, Molinaka and Naktaorsou
Khmere Freedom Party is the only one of the 17 small parties to win a seat in the
"I am happy to have this one seat," Prum said. "I will not join either
of the big parties but remain alone in opposition. If one party does something bad
I will join with the other, and if that party is bad I will go over to the other
Prum is used to being an opposition figure. Trained at military school in Phnom Penh
and the Ecole Navale in France, he was then sent to the United States to study as
a military officer under the Lon Nol regime in 1975, just before the Khmer Rouge
took over. He ended up staying until 1986. While in the U.S. Prum and other Cambodians
formed an anti-communist group, the Samakhun Angkor, to protest the Khmer Rouge takeover.
When he returned to Cambodia in 1986 Prum went to the Thai-Cambodian border to join
the anti-Vietnamese resistance, becoming an officer in the FUNCINPEC army ANKI. But
he had a falling out with FUNCINPEC and broke away to form his own party.
The week after the elections Prum said three of his party officials in Kompong Cham
province were killed by what he alleged were CPAF soldiers. He said they were former
State of Cambodia (SOC) officials who had joined Molinaka because they were unhappy
with the Cambodian People's Party, and he speculated that this was revenge for leaving
Prum's proposal for the new constitution was to form a government based on the American
model, with an independent legislature, executive, and judiciary. However, he wanted
the judiciary to be elected as well.
With only one seat in the Assembly, Prum acknowledged that he cannot expect to do
much. He said the small parties had met before the elections and agreed to form an
opposition group in the Assembly. The small parties also agreed to support Sihanouk
as prime minister. Prum said he agreed with the ideal of a coalition government,
which that day Ranariddh had just announced his approval of with certain conditions.
Prum said he would continue to support Sihanouk, and he hoped to remain in contact
with the other small parties, to represent them in the Assembly.