More than 120 candidates have been chosen to join the ranks of the ruling CPP’s Central Committee, almost doubling the membership of the party’s decision-making inner council, officials said Tuesday on the second day of the CPP’s three-day congress.
Prak Sokhon, a CPP official and Council of Ministers secretary of state, said the candidates have been put forward but that it was not certain that all of them would be accepted by the congress.
On Monday, Prak Sokhon said that the enlargement of the committee was to ensure representation from provinces that had no members in the committee, adding that no current members were being replaced.
The CPP’s Chan Van, National Assembly deputy secretary-general, said the Central Committee officially has 153 members, though some have passed away.
Besides debating the issue of the new candidates, Chan Van said the congress reviewed the party’s activities from 2003 to 2005 and is planning for the 2006 Senate election.
Though not on the official agenda, the cooperation with Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s Funcinpec has been debated a lot at the congress, he added.
CPP officials said the congress was being held at the Mondial Center—better known for catering to large wedding parties—because the CPP headquarters were too small and could not accommodate all the CPP officials’ vehicles.