skon town, Kompong Cham province – Opposition politician Sam Rainsy on Thursday refused to rule out forming the next government in a coalition with Second Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying it was still too soon to judge who he could work with.
Speaking to reporters after a campaign address to supporters, Sam Rainsy said he could not dismiss either Hun Sen or deposed first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh as a coalition partner, moments after accusing both men of corruption during their time in government.
“You should never rule anybody out,” he said. But he admitted that Hun Sen was perhaps not the natural choice after years of animosity between the two.
“I have identified some good people in the CPP, but among the good guys, Hun Sen does not come first,” he said, singling out CPP moderates Chea Sim and Sar Kheng as those he could work with.
“I can identify people in all political parties,” he said, including Prince Ranariddh, who expressed concern Wednesday that Sam Rainsy might abandon him for a CPP partner after the elections.
“The prince made a strange statement when he said he is concerned about the coalition,” Sam Rainsy said. “He should be more confident in himself.”
If the international community deems the polls free and fair, which Sam Rainsy doesn’t think likely, then he will “have to look at the actual result and see what the balance of power is” before choosing a coalition partner.
While he said the post-election time is potentially tense, he downplayed fears of violence.
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