KPP Announces Congress Seeking New President

The Khmer Power Party will hold a congress next month to replace its recently convicted ex-president and make plans to remove his image from its public signs, the party announced on Monday at a media conference in Phnom Penh.

Sourn Serey Ratha, who denied any wrongdoing at his trial, was convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday over Facebook posts critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leadership of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and was sentenced to five years in jail.

Acting president Soung Sophom said on Monday that the party would convene a congress on September 10 to select a new president and vice president.

He said the congress would also settle on a strategy for complying with recent legal amendments that forbid a party from coordinating with a convicted person or from using certain images in its party logos.

Mr. Sophom said the Interior Ministry had informed his party that its logo bore too much resemblance to that of the Transport Ministry.

The same law recently forced the CNRP to remove former party president Sam Rainsy from its signs across the country.

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