Human Rights Party on Roll: 2 More Well-Known Profiles Join

Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party received two more high profile additions this week with the leaders of a prominent workers’ union and a student movement joining the newly formed party, officials said.

Ly Korm, president of the Cam­bo­dian Tourism and Service Wor­kers Federation, said he had re­signed from the union to join the Human Rights Party.

“I like the Human Rights Party because the party allows the prime minister position only two mandates,” Ly Korm said, referring to the party’s policy of put­ting term limits on the prime minister post.

“I have experience leading unions, I will use that experience to serve the party,” Ly Korm added.

Mao Veasna, president of the Students’ Movement for Demo­cracy, said he too had resigned from his position to join the party.

“[HRP Interim President] Kem Sokha is a good leader,” Mao Veasna said. “The Human Rights Party’s policy is the best one,” he added, making particular mention of the term limits for the prime minister.

In the last month, a number of well-known individuals have joined Kem Sokha’s party, including Constitutional Council member Son Soubert, SRP lawmaker Keo Remy and former People’s Republic of Kampuchea Prime Minister Pen Sovann.

Kem Sokha said that many who have joined him did so be­cause of the term limit policy, which applies not only to the post of prime minister but to the party president as well.

CPP National Assembly Presi­dent Nguon Nhel said that the ruling party does not concern itself with term limits because it respects the wishes of the people as to who they want as prime minister.

“It is a democracy, if the people continue to love the most popular person…it is not a problem,” if somebody sits as prime minister for several mandates, he said.


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