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Prince Ranariddh elected president of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, vowing to reunite all royalists

Prince
Ranariddh (R) raised the Norodom Ranariddh Party logo with Mr. Chhim
Siekleng, president of the now defunct Nationalist Party.
Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the king’s advisor and former prime minister of Cambodia, has officially returned to politics
on Saturday and was elected president of the renamed Norodom Ranariddh
Party after more than two years absence, vowing to reunite royalists
and work in partnership with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to build the Cambodian nation.

The prince has officially re-entered politics today at a special party congress attended by 500 party faithful to change the name of the Nationalist Party to the Norodom Ranaridhh Party.

Two days ago, Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at the prince’s decision to return to politics, threatening to sack him as the president of the king’s Supreme Advisory Council, saying that his re-entry into politics will tarnish the image of the king and the monarchy.

Speaking
to reporters after he was elected as president of the renamed Norodom
Ranariddh Party, Prince Ranariddh said he will not respond to Mr. Hun
Sen’s threats, saying that he leaves the fate of his palace advisory
role to the king to decide because that position was conferred to him
by the king.

Immediately after the party’s congress, the prince
had instructed Mr. You Hockry and Mr. Sao Rany, the two Norodom
Ranariddh Party MPs, to draft a protocol document to negotiate with Mr.
Keo Put Rasmy’s Funcinpec Party for a future merger. He added that the
royalist movement had lost supports due to internal wrangling and past
divisions. He also said that he has instructed party officials to
collect 200,000 signatures that will be used for a merger negotiation
with the Funcinpec Party.

Prince Ranariddh has agreed to leave
politics after the 2008 election in a political deal with Prime
Minister Hun Sen that saw him appointed as the supreme advisor to the
king in exchange for him to support Mr. Hun Sen to become the prime
minister.

The Hun Sen-Ranariddh’s political tensions have
concerned Ranariddh’s father, ex-king Sihanouk, who quickly weighed
into the political debate to ease the tensions by vowing to support Mr. Hun Sen to become prime minister until the end of his life.

By Khmerization
Source: CEN and Kampuchea Thmey
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