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Sacked Sam Rainsy lawmaker fights back

Sacked Sam Rainsy lawmaker fights back

OPPOSITION Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Tok Vanchan yesterday denounced his recent expulsion from the party and encouraged leaders to reconsider their decision during a press conference.

The National Assembly member representing Takeo province was expelled by party leaders on Friday for alleged inactivity in his district and disloyalty.

At the press conference, Tok Vanchan claimed that the decision did not reflect his years of service to the party. “This decision was made without a clear reason. I have not betrayed the Sam Rainsy Party. I have not defected to another political party,” he said.

“I am demanding justice from the SRP to reconsider their decision because I haven’t done anything wrong,” he said, threatening to file a complaint to a court if the SRP did not reconsider its decision.

However, SRP spokesman Yim Sovann said that Tok Vanchan’s case would not be reversed. “Most of the party leaders felt that he was hurting the party and causing us to lose votes,” he said.

Yim Sovann also dismissed Tok Vanchan’s threat to file a complaint, saying that the courts do not have the authority to “interfere with the internal affairs of political parties”.

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