Sokha Rejects Hun Sen’s ‘Peace’ Claims, Mocks Dancing

Responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s boasts of bringing peace and stability to Cambodia, opposition CNRP leader Kem Sokha told supporters on Monday that the peace was a facade and poked fun at premier’s dancing.

“Brothers, sisters and countrymen, now they are talking about peace and war,” Mr. Sokha shouted from the back of truck in Tbong Khmum province on the latest leg of his campaign in the run-up to Sunday’s commune election. “Is it real peace in Cambodia?”

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CNRP President Kem Sokha waves to supporters during an election rally in Tbong Khmum province on Monday in a photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Mr. Sokha asked his supporters, to which his supporters shouted: “No, it’s not!” Mr. Hun Sen regularly warns Cambodians that the country would be plunged back into civil war without his leadership. Mr. Sokha then brought up the prime minister’s dancing during Khmer New Year last year, where he performed the “Nhy Keng Choeung,” a popular dance that involves twisting your heel on the floor.

“The real peace does not just mean you are happy to sing a song, dance the ‘Nhy Keng Choeung’ when you win, and losers go to jail,” he said. “It’s not real peace.”
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