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Human Rights Party Wary of Royalist Coalition, For Now [… but maybe NOT wary later?]

Human Rights
Party president Kem Sokha addresses journalists on Monday, saying he
has no intention yet of joining a coalition with the revived Norodom
Ranariddh Party. (All Photos: CEN)

By Ki-Media
Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer

The Human Rights
Party always welcomes democratic parties, and the parties that are
considering the country’s interests and the people’s interests.

The Human Rights Party said Monday it
would not join the Norodom Ranarridh Party, which has seen the return
of its leader and the prospects of a royalist coalition.
Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who
returned to his party this week, said at a party congress on Saturday
he was seeking a partnership with Funcinpec, the only other party to
hold administrative seats in the government alongside the ruling
Cambodian People’s Party. He also said he would seek cooperation with
the Human Rights Party.
In a statement to the media on Monday, Kem Sokha, president of the Human Rights Party, said he had not met with the prince, nor would he consider joining a coalition for the time being.



Kem
Sokha said Norodom Ranarridh had not yet clearly defined the stance of
his party and whether it was a “democratic” or “communist” party.
Whether his party would join in a partnership depends on that platform,
he said.

“The
Human Rights Party always welcomes democratic parties, and the parties
that are considering the country’s interests and the people’s
interests,” he said.

Pen
Sangha, a spokesman for the Norodom Ranariddh Party, which offiially
changed its name back from the Nationalist Party on Saturday, said Kem
Sokha and the prince had met with each other in the past to discuss a
potential partnership. At the time, Kem Sokha had agreed in principle
to join if the prince returned to politics, he said.

Norodom
Ranariddh, the main political rival of Prime Minister Hun Sen
throughout the 1990s, has remained out of politics since 2008, when he
was granted a royal pardon for embezzlement charges against him and
returned from exile abroad.

Government
spokesman Phay Siphan said on Saturday the return of Norodom Ranariddh
to politics should necessitate his resignation as a royal adviser to
his brother, King Norodom Sihamoni, a post he has held since his return.
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