Kem Sokha Travels To Promote His Political Party

Former Cambodian Center for Hu­man Rights president Kem Sok­ha said Sunday that he has kicked off a publicity tour through 19 Cam­bo­dian provinces and three Euro­pean countries to promote his nas­cent Human Rights Party.

Speaking from Battambang prov­ince—the fourth stop on his trip that began May 22 in Takeo province—Kem Sokha said his main goal is to educate people about the existence of the political party, which he heads, and its vision.

“I went deep into the very re­mote regions of Battambang and I see people are living in dire poverty. They know nothing about the election,” he said.

Human Rights Party spokesman Nhek Vannara said Kem Sokha will depart for Europe on June 7 to visit overseas Cambodians in France, Belgium and Austria, be­fore returning June 19.

SRP President Sam Rainsy said he does not feel threatened by Kem Sokha’s campaign.

“For the Sam Rainsy Par­ty, we [have] our network everywhere in the country,” he said.

But Norodom Ranariddh Party spokesman Muth Channtha ex­press­ed concern that Kem Sokha’s party could split votes among opposition parties.

“We are not against his declaration of a new party…but a better strategy would have been to work through existing parties to have more potential and gain more strength in defeating the ruling party,” he said.

Kem Sokha said he works for people and democracy rather than for existing political parties.

He also said that he clearly ex­plains while campaigning that his previous NGO work and his political party are completely separate.

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