Kem Sokha Claims Forces Working to Split CNRP

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha said in a speech in Kampot province on Sunday that a strategy used to split Cambodian political parties in the past was being employed to divide the CNRP.

In a video clip posted to Mr. Sokha’s Facebook page Sunday, he said that a competing party, which he did not name, is using the same divisive tactics that brought down Son Sann’s Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party and Funcinpec.

“After the 1993 election, it separated grandfather Son Sann and later it split Funcinpec,” he said.

“Now it’s trying to successfully split Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha…. But Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy will be the ones to rescue the nation.”

CPP spokesman Sok Ey San said Mr. Sokha’s comments were irrelevant. “It does not have much effect on the culture of dialogue,” he said.

Mr. Ey San neither denied nor confirmed that his party would welcome a split in the opposition.

“I don’t say the word split, but I say that a competitive party always wants its competitor to get weaker,” he said.

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