Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New party gets its licks in

New party gets its licks in

New party gets its licks in

The Grassroots Democratic Party yesterday chided the leaders of the ruling party and Cambodia National Rescue Party for “irresponsible” remarks over land redistribution.

In a statement, the GDP – established in July by former political analyst Kem Ley as an extension of his “Khmer for Khmer” local democracy advocacy group – reproached Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP president Sam Rainsy over a recent tit-for-tat between the pair regarding the treatment of tycoons in the event of opposition victory in the 2018 elections.

Last month, Hun Sen told a crowd of well-connected businessmen the CNRP, if elected, would cause “a class war” by seizing land from tycoons and handing it to the poor.

At a party conference on Friday, Rainsy dismissed this, saying the CNRP would set up an independent tribunal to assess land disputes and deal with “bad” magnates who had dispossessed villagers.

Though not naming the pair, the GDP said the two “senior politicians” should not intimidate people.

Any seizing of private land would run counter to democracy and the free market, while talk of war was purely “irresponsible”, the statement said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Bosba: The first Khmer woman composer from UK’s Cambridge

    Bosba Panh is just 25 years old, but she’s already accomplished some impressive milestones for herself and the Kingdom. On July 24, she graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge as the first Khmer woman composer and Khmer music graduate ever at

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway