Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Recovering Ranariddh appeals for people to vote in July 29 elections




Recovering Ranariddh appeals for people to vote in July 29 elections

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
You Hokry, the deputy director of Funcinpec party told the press on Saturday. Heng Chivoan

Recovering Ranariddh appeals for people to vote in July 29 elections

Prince Norodom Ranariddh appealed to all Cambodians to vote in the July 29 national elections and not listen to members of the court-dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) boycott call.

You Hokry, the deputy director of Funcinpec, said Ranariddh made the call while recuperating in a hospital in Thailand after being injured in a car accident that also took the life of his wife.

Speaking to reporters in front of Wat Botumvatey during the ceremony marking the seventh day of the passing of Ouk Phalla, he said the prince’s health is getting better and that he expressed gratitude for the people’s concern.

“His health is good. He thanked all people who care about him . . . He wants Cambodians, the owners of the land and power, to vote on July 29. Do not believe people saying that by staying at home, they will win.

“It is impossible to win like that because it is a chance that occurs just once in five years. Voting is the expression of the people’s will. So all activists and those who love Funcinpec must keep silent and vote as advised by the prince,” Hokry said.

The party is one of 20 that are vying for seats in the national elections next month.

Hokry said, for now, the party accepts the police’s primary investigation, which concluded that the car wreck was just an accident caused by the negligence of the driver of an SUV that hit the vehicle carrying Ranariddh and Phalla. It was not politically motivated.

However, a party lawyer will continue to ask for relevant documents from the investigations with the intention of filing a complaint at some later date, he said.

“The lawyer will look at the case and we will take legal action. We need to ask the prince first . . . He is getting much better now. But we are still hesitant to tell him [about the death of his wife].

“I do not know whether the prince can accept it or not. Therefore, we are reluctant, but we do not want to hide. We need to tell him, but we need to consider whether it will affect his health if we told him at this time,” he said.

Phalla, a Funcinpec Party candidate in Prey Veng province, passed away at the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hospital at about noon on June 17. The prince and six others were badly injured.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Khmer woman to pass out of West Point

    The life of a soldier certainly isn’t for everyone. The training is gruelling, the hours long and there’s no room for excuses. On top of that, soldiers must be ready to respond to sudden threats at a moment’s notice. Just ask Sithyka

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last