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Oppositions welcome Ranariddh’s returns to politics, but criticise him for kowtowing the CPP

Prince Ranariddh (R) receiving flowers from party officials after his re-election as the party president.

Norodom Ranariddh, former Cambodia’s Prime Minister and current supreme
advisor to the king, has returned to the political scene on Saturday
after more two years of absence.

He was elected president
of the renamed Norodom Ranariddh Party unopposed by the 500 delegates
who attended the Saturday’s party congress and immediately called for an
alliance with the moribund Funcinpec Party and a partnership with the
ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). “So,
we will do everything to make Samdech Hun Sen understand that we are
not on the opposition side, but as Khmers, we must have the rights to
contribute to resolving the real national issues”,
he said.

Mr. Son Chhay, a senior MP from the major opposition Sam Rainsy Party, said he welcomes Prince Ranariddh’s re-entry to politics, saying that politicians cannot stay away from the national issues and their people.

Mr. Kem Sokha, president of the minor opposition Human Rights Party, applauded Prince Ranariddh’s return to politics. However, he believes that Prince Ranariddh’s political resurrection will fail because the people had already known about his past failures. “If
Samdech Krom Preah (Ranariddh) still maintain the same political stance
and kowtowing the ruling CPP’s line, his return to politics is
he said.

Mr. Keo Put Rasmy, president of the royalist Funcinpect Party, also welcomes Prince Ranariddh’s return to politics and is waiting to negotiate with the prince to create a new party called Funcinpec Party 81, adding the birth year of the creation of Funcinpec Party in 1981 to the party name.
“So, we will be waiting to see what the leadership of the two parties
will do first and I believe the Norodom Ranariddh Party also has a wish
to form an alliance as well”,
he said.

Independent political analysts do not believe that Prince
Ranariddh’s rejuvenated political career will be successful because
people who voted for him in the previous elections have been
disappointed with his leadership so many times.

By Khmerization
Source: RFA
Categories: Local News
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