Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - U.S. Political Opponents Team Up To Train Khmers

U.S. Political Opponents Team Up To Train Khmers

U.S. Political Opponents Team Up To Train Khmers

While members of the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S.A. often have trouble

working together at home, in Cambodia they have joined forces to provide training

for members of the 20 political parties slated to vie for seats in the Constituent

Assembly this coming May.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute

(NDI), entities established by the U.S. Congress in l983 and aligned with their respective

national parties, have a combined budget of U.S. $1 million for l993 to help Cambodian

political parties gain skills in organizational and campaign tactics.

As an initial program activity, the two institutes scheduled political party strengthening

workshops in eight provinces during the week of February 22-27. Invitations were

sent to all political parties. Seminar organizers expected that 125 to 150 party

members would attend each of the workshops. Curriculum has been designed to introduce

participants to the technical aspects of political party work including campaign

planning, message development, election monitoring and voter education.

Workshop lectures are delivered in English and translated into Khmer. A 10-page political

party worker manual in Khmer is also being distributed to attendees. UNTAC has lent

the workshop organizers translators to assist with the training.

Many of the seminars were to take place in facilities owned by the State of Cambodia,

which have been lent free of charge. "SOC and CPP officials have generally been

very cooperative," Mike Marshall, an NDI staffer noted.

Marshall also said, "This is the most coordinated project by the two institutes

in any country in the world so far." Since l983 the two institutes have conducted

programs in more than 70 countries around the globe including, Burma, the Philippines,

Thailand, Bangladesh and South Korea.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,