Thach Reng Forms Party

Thach Reng has formed his own party for the upcoming elections, but said the party doesn’t signify a major break from the Son Sann faction of the split Buddhist Liberal Democrat Party.

“The creation of my own party that is apart from the Son Sann party is not a big split,” he said Tuesday. “Such a creation is to win registration for the polls because Son Sann-BLDP has a court problem and the new Son Sann Party has been in limbo.”

The outspoken parliamentarian was the only lawmaker to vote against stripping Prince Nor­o­dom Ran­ariddh of his immunity last summer.

Thach Reng said the name of his party is the “Light of Liberty of Mr Thach Reng.” He said he was ap­pointed as party leader Sunday.

Son Sann is fighting over the BLDP name with a rival faction headed by Ieng Mouly, the In­formation Minister. In response, Son Sann recently created the Son Sann Party, headed by his son, Son Soubert.

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