Cracks develop in Cambodia opposition’s bid for alliance
Hang Punreay Khmer Times Fri, July 29, 2022
Even before they started
Sin Chanpov Rozet, a Candlelight Party official and the second deputy chief of Battambang province’s O’Char commune. Chor Sokunthea
PHNOM PENH – Opposition parties seeking for alliance and cooperation before the 2023 National Assembly Election drew ire among some activists, especially from the Candlelight Party (CP).
The reactions came a day after Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP), Candlelight Party, Kampucheaniyum Party (KP), Khmer Will Party (KWP) and the Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) announced their intention to form an alliance to participate in the 2023 national election.
“Under the present circumstances, there is no need for us to unite with any party,” said Sin Chanpov Rozet, a Candlelight Party official and the second deputy chief of Battambang province’s O’Char commune.
“We are not foolish to form alliance with dishonest people who attack our boss. Alliance proposals lack strategy,” she added.
https://6c165dc0d839a5e3ea5e49a7b6f203d5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Another CP activist named Reachini Chhneom said on her Facebook account: “When they found us useless, they ran away and formed a new party. Now when they see things are improving, they are seeking for refuge.”
She reminded, “A friend in need is a friend indeed. There shouldn’t be running away from each other during suffering”, and noted that everyone must be honest in the alliance.
In a statement, Kong Monika, president of KWP, said yesterday that the GDP initiated the formula to form an alliance for the benefit of a multi-party liberal democracy ahead of the upcoming 2023 election.
“It is a positive thought. Based on the results of the 2022 commune election, the Candlelight Party has the advantage of being the leading political party to initiate and lead discussions on coalition in accordance with the goals and objectives of the people and democratic forces,” Monika said.
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