Wednesday, 24.10.2007: Samdech Krom Preah’s Letter Sent to Sam Rainsy Is Funny

Posted on 25 October 2007. Filed under: Week 531 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 531

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh sent a letter to Mr. Sam Rainsy, the President of the Sam Rainsy Party [SRP], at 10:30 a.m. on 23 October, asking Sam Rainsy to unite together in order to amend the new Article 119 of the Constitution. Mr. Kiev Kanharith [the Minister of Information] says this is funny. Moreover, Samdech Krom Preah called on those who have a tendency towards democracy to unite together solidly.

“The letter of Samdech Krom Preah dated on 23 October 2007 said that, with the objective and purpose of strengthening the implementation of democracy in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and of avoiding a political deadlock after the upcoming elections, Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh, the President of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, is happy to send a letter on 23 October 2007 to Mr. Sam Rainsy, in order to ask for his support for an amendment of the new Article 119 of the Constitution, getting rid of the limitation of the right to establish a Royal Government only for a party that wins the election, by providing a wider right to other parties that get seats in the National Assembly to have the right to unite together to establish a coalition government.

“Samdech Krom Preah said in the letter that an amendment of the new Article 90 about a two thirds vote by the members of parliament in order to form a Royal government is not sufficient and appropriate for democracy. Furthermore, the 50 percent plus1 vote formula cannot avoid a political deadlock crisis which may happen after the election, because any party that does not get 50 percent of the seats at the National Assembly will have to seek another party, so that they can establish a coalition Royal government. Thus, the situation can possibly again lead to a political deadlock.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the spokesperson of the Royal Government, said regarding the letter that generally the political party that wins the election has the right to organize an agreement and ally with any political party, once it has won the election.

“He went on to say that the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] has pledged to and has upheld national ideals since 1993. The CPP has never discriminated against any political party, if the party is sure that it helps and develops the nation. We work with any political party that can work with us and agrees to develop the nation and help the citizens to reduce poverty.

“For example, at the present time, the CPP that dominates the government, widely tolerates some political parties that even do not have votes in the National Assembly, so that some of their members can work in the government. As for Funcinpec, which is working as an ally with the CPP, some positions are not within their allocation, but we let them work with us as normal. Therefore, Samdech Krom Preah’s request sent to Mr. Sam Rainsy asking for an amendment of some articles is funny.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy told Kampuchea Thmey, ‘I have received Samdech Krom Preah’s letter and I responded to him asking why Samdech Krom Preah did not amend the articles of the Constitution when he was in power, as the president of the National Assembly. I think that Samdech Krom Preah’s appeal now is just an appeal as he meets a deadlock.’

“Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘There is an experience between Samdech Krom Preah and me. He changed his mind. I don’t believe him any longer.’

“However, it is not bad for people to correct their mistakes, but as for me and Samdech Krom Preah, there are enough bitter lessons.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1474, 24.10.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1474, 24.10.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah’s Letter Sent to Sam Rainsy Is Funny
  • [2001 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences] Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz Visits Cambodia [24-25 October 2007 – he will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen, parliamentarians, senators, important policy makers, development partners, civil society, and students]
  • Samdech Prime Minister Receives Delegation of Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Trafficking of 714 g of Cocaine into Cambodia: Court Sentences Nigerian Man and Khmer Woman to 15 Years’ Imprisonment [Phnom Penh]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #42, 25.10.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Calls on European Union to Push for Anti-Corruption Law
  • Mr. Son Chhay [SRP parliamentarian, Phnom Penh] Pushes Government to Confiscate Economic Concession Land from Companies That Do Not Respect the Law

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3293, 24.10.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Rejects Request to Form an Alliance of Democrats with Prince Ranariddh
  • Hun Sen Uses the Word “War” to Threaten Voters Again [he said if he loses the 2008 election, Cambodia will be definitely in war]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1238, 24.10.2007

  • Nhem En, [former] Photographer at Khmer Rouge S-21 Prison [Tuol Sleng], Is Summoned to Testify at Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4418, 24.10.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Considers Krom Preah’s Request for Amendment of the Constitution and an Appeal [for joining] to Be Deadlocked
  • World Bank Calls to Focus Again on Agricultural Development

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3167, 24.10.2007

  • Khmer Mchas Srok Movement Says 16 Years after Paris Peace Agreement, Cambodia Legally Loses Three Provinces [Mondolkiri, Ratanakiri, and Stung Treng – by putting them into a joint “Triangle Development Area” together with Laos and Vietnam]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #533, 24.10.2007

  • Asian Human Rights Commission Asks National Assembly to Set Up a Committee to Investigate Corruption of Cheam Yeap [Chairperson of the National Assembly Committee on Economics, Finance, Banking, and Audit]

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