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Tuesday, 3.4.2007: Sam Rainsy Appealed To Members Of Other Parties To Unite With The Sam Rainsy Party

Posted on 4 April 2007. Filed under: Week 502 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 502

“Mr. Sam Rainsy, the president of the Sam Rainsy Party, appealed to minor political parties and to the Khmer people who were victimized by the powerful and the rich, to unite with the Sam Rainsy Party in order to win victory in the 2008 National Elections. This appeal was made when it was known that, as the tentative results of the Commune Council Elections came in, the votes for the Sam Rainsy Party were increasing in all communes across the country.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy appealed, ‘We would like the compatriots to unite with the Sam Rainsy Party, because this is the only choice to win over the ruling party. Therefore, if we were all united with the Sam Rainsy Party to restore our country, we would have a very good political geography and a good political situation to reach the final goal in the 2008 elections.’

“The president of the opposition party stated that the preliminary results of the elections were very good. It was seen that the Sam Rainsy Party was prominent – one to one with the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP]. Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘This is the result of our effort, and we will continue to struggle until the Khmer people receive victory.’

“Having responded to reporters’ questions as to whether or not the Sam Rainsy Party leadership will plan to meet with the CPP leadership to hold a discussion about a partnership or alliance, Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘It is necessary that we have to make decentralization proceed forward. Now, there are two partners in decentralization in the commune councils across Cambodia – the CCP and the Sam Rainsy Party. He stated that both parties had to work together so that the commune councils would move forward to serve the interests of the people in each commune. He also said, ‘If the CPP wants to avoid the Sam Rainsy Party, it will be impossible to do so, and if the Sam Rainsy Party wants to avoid the CPP, it will be impossible to do so too, because there are only two parties left in the commune councils. Therefore, we have to cooperate to make decentralization move forward. This move will bring fruitful results to the poor people in each commune.

“In regard to the question as to whether or not he will plan to write a letter to talk with Mr. Hun Sen about establishing an alliance, Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘I understand that any work we have to discuss, we are not deadly enemies, we are Khmers, we want our country to be developed, and we each claim to serve the interests of the people. In the commune councils, there are only two parties that we consider valid, not considering other parties (like Funcinpec and the Norodom Ranariddh Party); therefore, there are only two major parties which have to cooperate, so that we will not have a standstill. We have to find ways to encourage the decentralization process to go forward, and to encourage development in a fair manner.’

“Mr. Sam Rainsy admitted that he did not discuss meeting or not meeting with Mr. Hun Sen, but he needed to consider this issue in the future. However, what was most important was to move the decentralization forward. There were ways of working, there were procedures, and the initiative would come from both sides in a meeting. He said that to be able to have partners in the international community, and in order to encourage decentralization, the two sides had to cooperate. He said, ‘One day, we will meet to discuss our work to find ways to move decentralization forward.’

“Having received much support in the Commune Council Elections, Mr. Sam Rainsy said that this was not related to the disputes between Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] and Mr. Nhek Bunchhay, the Secretary General of Funcinpec. He said that he regretted that more than one million Khmer people failed to vote. He said, ‘I regret that at least 1.5 million Khmer people who have the right to vote and who had the intention to vote could not find their names on voter’s lists, or they could not find their voting offices, or they did not have sufficient documentation to vote, and finally they were disappointed.

“In regard to the question as to whether or not the Sam Rainsy Party would build up an alliance with the CPP, Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘We do not speak about an alliance, before we talk about it we have to talk about ourselves first.’ He confirmed that during the 2002 Commune Council Elections, the Sam Rainsy Party received much support because the Sam Rainsy Party got more than 900 commune chiefs and members of commune councils voted in. But as for this Commune Council Election, the Sam Rainsy Party won about 30 communes and has more than 1, 500 members in the commune councils among the 1,621 communes across the country. Therefore, the Sam Rainsy Party could win a landslide victory in the 2008 elections.

“According to the result of the second mandate Commune Council Elections, the ruling party lost much support, whereas the Sam Rainsy Party received increasing support across the country. Mr. Sam Rainsy appealed that the citizens and the other party members should unite with the Sam Rainsy Party for a 2008 victory.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #369, 3.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6007, 3.4.2007

  • Preliminary Results Of The Commune Council Elections Across The Country: The Cambodian People’s Party Won 1592 Communes, The Sam Rainsy Party Won 27, And Funcinpec Won 2
  • Dispute About 60 Hectares Of Land Of Citizens From 39 Families Who Accused A Village Chief Of Having Sold Their Land [in Oddar Meanchey]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1307, 3.4.2007

  • Election Result In Sihanoukville: Some Parties Had No Support

Reach Seima, Vol.2, #173, 3.4.2007

  • National Election Committee Officials Did Not Accept The Party’s’ Complaints [from Mr. Ho Van, Sam Rainsy Party member]
  • The CDM Company [in Prey Veng] Took Nearly US$200 From Many Khmer Laborers, But Then Closed Down Its Office [it had promised to issue passports to work in Thailand]
  • The Committee For Free and Fair Elections In Cambodia Reported That The Rate Of Voters Was Low And The Number Of Those Who Had Not Received The Leaflets With Voters’ Information Was 1.4 Million

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3126, 3.4.2007

  • Nearly 3 Tons Of Drugs Were Found By Police [in Kompong Speu], Related To [Funcinpec Secretary General] Nhek Bunchhay

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3126, 3.4.2007

  • All Teachers Of Bilingual Classes [in public schools in Battambang] Threaten To Stop Teaching If There Is No Solution [they have not received their salaries since January 2007]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #369, 3.4.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Appealed To Members Of Other Parties To Unite With The Sam Rainsy Party

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