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SRP to shuffle positions

Sam Rainsy Party lawmakers Mu Sochua (left) and Yim Sovann speak Tuesday at a press conference in Phnom Penh. Photo by: Sovan Philong
The opposition Sam Rainsy Party has agreed to replace some of its
lawmakers with party officials who stood as candidates in the 2008
election, in a bid to shore up its electoral support ahead of elections
in 2013.

SRP spokesman Yim Sovann told reporters Tuesday that
the party had agreed to swap National Assembly members in response to a
petition to party president Sam Rainsy by eight candidates from 2008.

“We
have a resolution that was passed by the permanent committee. We have
decided to provide appropriate posts to every person that was a
lawmaker candidate in the 2008 election.”

He also dismissed
recent claims by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who said during a speech on
December 29 that he has spies embedded within the SRP who are relaying
“secret information” about the party’s activities.

“There are
many Hun Sen spies embedded in the opposition party and if the SRP
wants to hide its secrets, its must destroy the entire group,” Hun Sen
said at the time.

But Yim Sovann said the premier’s political
strategy wouldn’t weaken the SRP and instead demonstrated that they had
made the right decisions.

“For almost 20 years, the Cambodian
People’s Party, especially Samdech Prime Minister [Hun Sen] has
attempted to use every strategy to disrupt the Sam Rainsy Party,” he
said. “Even though His Excellency Sam Rainsy is not present in the
country, grassroots leaders, in particular [council members] in
government are bravely fulfilling their obligations.”

But Koul
Panha, executive director of local election monitor Comfrel, condemned
the announcement by the SRP, saying it was against the spirit of the
constitution and democratic principles.

“This does not follow
the constitution or respect the membership of the National Assembly,”
Koul Panha said. “This is something against the principles of
democracy. Members of the National Assembly are elected by the people.”

Cheam
Yeap, senior lawmaker for the Cambodian People’s Party, said the
National Assembly would allow a change of parliamentarians after the
change was agreed by the SRP’s leaders and recognised by the National
Election Committee.

NEC Secretary General Tep Nytha said the
mid-term reshuffle didn’t concern the NEC, and said it would not be
opposed to a request by the SRP if it was agreed by the party
president. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY REBECCA PUDDY

Phnom Penh Post
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