S Sann Party Sees Itself in Next Gov’t

The Son Sann Party is confident it will be part of any non-CPP coalition government formed in the wake of the election, a senior party official said Wednesday.

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Prince Norodom Ranariddh have separately informed senior party officials that the Son Sann Party would be their preferred part­ner in a two-party coalition, Kem Sokha, secretary-general of the Son Sann Party, claimed Wednesday.

Speaking before the party’s third Phnom Penh campaign motorcade took off, Kem Sokha said: “Sam Rainsy told me that if his party wins and he needs seats from only one party to achieve a two-thirds majority, he will choose the Son Sann Party. The prince told [Party President] Son Soubert the same thing.”

The Son Sann Party would co­operate in a coalition, subject to conditions, so it would be in a spot to eliminate corruption from all levels of society, Kem Sokha said.

The parade of about 200 party members left headquarters in Tuol Kok district in five campaign trucks and traveled throughout the city, drawing crowds at Phsar Thmei and Phsar Kandal.

“We must confiscate the property of the corrupt politicians who cut down trees to buy MSG to bribe people. Eliminate repression. Find real democracy. End smuggling and logging,” party enthusiasts shouted.

Son Sann Party campaigners named the party’s promise to end corruption as one of its strongest lures. “I support the Son Sann party because the courts have always been corrupt and biased, and the Son Sann party will solve the problem,” 27-year-old party member Khim Dara said.

Another party member, moto taxi driver Kim An, said, “I think only the Son Sann Party brings real hope of reform and genuine democracy.”

Bystanders were reluctant to declare support for the party. “I support any party which will eliminate corruption and social anarchy, but other parties have good policies as well,” said Bun Thoun, a shopper in Kandal market.

 

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