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Friday, 27.7.2007: Samdech Krom Preah Uses Communication Technology to Do Politics from Abroad

Posted on 28 July 2007. Filed under: Week 518 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 518

“Phnom Penh: Without returning to Cambodia for a court verdict and possible punishment, Samdech Krom Preah uses communication technology to do political propaganda to attract voters to support the Norodom Ranariddh Party.

“Mr. Muth Chantha, the spokesperson of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, told Rasmei Kampuchea on the afternoon of 16 July, ‘The Prince wants to meet the people at local level by phone. When officials of the Norodom Ranariddh Party go to visit at the local level, the Prince contacts them by phone, connected to a megaphone, so he can talk to the people.’ Mr. Muth Chantha said that on 26 July, Samdech Krom Preah, who is staying in Malaysia, talked by phone up to six or seven times to people in Svay Rieng, Kratie, and Kompong Cham. On 25 July, the Prince talked to people in Prey Veng and in some other provinces. Samdech Krom Preah has started to talk to people by phone since after the Commune and Subdistrict Council Elections.

“Mr. Muth Chantha quoted from a speech by Samdech Krom Preah, ‘From now on, everything with Funcinpec is finished, we no longer care about it.’

“As Samdech Krom Preah decided to close the door to Funcinpec, Mr. Muth Chantha said that the Prince still believes that there are three possibilities.

“The three possibilities are:

  1. the Appeals Court may provide justice,
  2. Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen may support him, and
  3. a pardon from the King.

“A political analyst considered the dispute between Samdech Krom Preah and Funcinpec to be a loss for both sides, because at this time, the Prince needs Funcinpec so that he can return to the country, and Funcinpec needs the Prince to strengthen the monarchist party, so that it is strong to participate in Cambodian politics.

“The analyst said that by talking to the people by phone, Samdech Krom Preah is trying to keep his political role still vivid, though he cannot enter the country to visit the voters directly. The analyst continued. ‘However, what is the benefit for Samdech Krom Preah if he cannot be free from punishment before the 2008 election? It is just a political activity which is not bearing any fruit for him.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4347, 27.7.2007

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Friday, 27 July 2007

Areyathor, Vol.14, #1256, 27-28.7.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Fears that Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha Has Cambodian People’s Party Backing
  • Sam Rainsy Party Will Fall with Head Upside Down in Term Four [next parliamentary election – because it loses supporters to the Human Rights Party]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1402, 27.7.2007

  • Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Laotian Border Demarcations Progress
  • Cambodian Parliament Will Hold 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization on 30 July 2007
  • Cold Weather Kills 70 Children in Peru
  • 66 People Dead and 23 Million Affected by Floods in Indonesia

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #499, 27.7.2007

  • Fake Democrat Sam Rainsy Leads the [Sam Rainsy] Party with Dictatorship

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6102, 27.7.2007

  • 14-Year-Old Boy Sentenced to 4 Years’ Imprisonment on Accusation of Raping 5-Year-Old Girl [Dangkao, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3221, 27.7.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Pushes Im Soursdey [President of National Election Committee] to Widely Publicize Information about Cleaning of Voter Lists and Voter Registration 2007
  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Prime Ministers Can Be Changed, but Khmer Prime Minister Can Not
  • Ieng Sary Keeps Silence While Nuon Chea and Khiev Samphan Try to Distance Themselves from the Killing Fields Regime
  • Illegal Logging to Claim Land in Kampot, Ratanakiri, and Siem Reap Persists

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4347, 27.7.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah Uses Information Technology to Do Politics from Abroad
  • Pig Sickness and Bird Flu Strongly Spread in Vietnam
  • Morocco Seeks Supports from Cambodia for Candidacy as Asia Cooperation Dialogue Partner

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