Former CNRP Lawmakers Announce New ‘Love’ Party

Two former CNRP lawmakers on Thursday announced a new political party, the Cambodia Nation Love Party, prompting accusations that they were acting in the ruling party’s interests.

Chiv Kata and Kang Kimhak, former parliamentarians for the dissolved opposition party, were among a small group of banned CNRP politicians who applied for “rehabilitation” from the government last year. They held a press conference in March defending their decision, and pledged to work to demand the release of CNRP president Kem Sokha, who was under de facto house arrest at the time.

On Thursday, they announced their new party at a press conference at Phnom Penh’s Sunway Hotel, saying they had submitted their application to the Interior Ministry to have the party registered.

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