Funcinpec Set To Host Foreign Delegations

Funcinpec’s national congress, which is scheduled to take place at the Olympic Stadium on Nov 14, is expected to draw delegations of lawmakers from a dozen na­tions and will include Prime Minister Hun Sen as a special guest.

Chea Chanboribo, Funcinpec sec­retary of state at the Ministry of Information, said that more than 4,000 party officials—including roughly 3,000 commune coun­cilors—from across the country are slated to join the national con­gress.

He said that the political gathering is gearing up to be a big event, with close to 300 actors, musicians and singers showcasing Cam­bodia’s cultural heritage to the various delegations, adding that Fun­cinpec President Prince Noro­dom Ranariddh and co-Mini­ster of In­terior Prince Noro­dom Sirivudh are sponsoring the various arts performances.

“It would be the biggest-ever art performance,” he maintained, adding that he did not know how much the party officials are planning to spend for the events.

Performers, such as Sok Sid­ony, 22, a traditional dancer in the arts department at the Tonle Bas­sac cultural center, have been re­hearsing for the congress since the middle of October.

Actors and dancers are receiving $5 a day and musicians and singers are receiving $10 for the one-month rehearsal period.

Chhrong Rantank, 24, also a traditional dancer, said that she pre­fers to rehearse both in the morning and the afternoon “to help me with high gas prices.”

Chea Chanboribo and Chhim Seak Leng, Funcinpec deputy secretary-general, both denied local media reports that at the congress it will be announced that the royalist party will further re­duce its number of deputy secretary-generals.

Earlier this year, Funcinpec re­duced its deputy secretary-generals from over 22 posts to seven.

“In meetings I attended, no such issue was raised,” Chhim Seak Leng said. “Let’s wait and see,” he said.


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