Tuesday, 25.12.2007: Cambodian Prime Minister Welcomes Free and Fair Elections in Thailand

Posted on 25 December 2007. Filed under: Week 540 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 540

“Khsach Kandal [Kandal]: The Cambodian Prime Minister welcomed the success of the elections in Thailand on Sunday by saying that as a neighboring friend and as a partner in ASEAN, we congratulate free and fair elections which can be accepted by all.

“Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen said at an inauguration of constructions in Wat Vihear Suor [Khsach Kandal, Kandal] on the morning of 24 December, that now we wait to work with a civilian government which will be created. Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen stated that we wait to work with the new Thai prime minister and new Thai government, and we hope that Cambodian-Thai relations will be strengthened.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that this is what we want. We do not want peace for Cambodian people only, but we also want peace for our neighboring countries.

“Thailand held general elections on 23 December, after a powerful military group had conducted a coup last year to overthrow Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra from his position and appointed General Surayud Chulanont as a replacement as prime minister. Samdech Hun Sen said that Mr. Surayud also announced that the elections are free and fair; therefore, the People’s Power Party which won the elections will lead the government, and we hope that the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries [Cambodia and Thailand] will be better.

“Regarding the Cambodian fourth term election in July next year, Samdech Dekchor told the citizens that he prayed for the Cambodian People’s Party to win the elections.

“Samdech said that it is normal that we pray for winning the elections, we do not pray for losing [the elections]; this is the truth.

“Samdech Hun Sen said however, winning or losing depends on the citizens, it cannot be forced.

“According to a source abroad, the People’s Power Party won 256 out of 480 parliamentary seats, giving this party a definite majority.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1527, 25.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2741, 25.12.2007

  • Municipal Court Gives One Month for Accused Heng Pov [former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner, now in jail] to Find Lawyer by Himself [he had rejected the court appointed lawyer]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1527, 25.12.2007

  • Cambodian Prime Minister Welcomes Free and Fair Elections in Thailand
  • Mr. Sar Kheng Exposes a [“Build – Operate – Transfer”] Company of Making Cake without Flour [the company is late in carrying out a contract for construction of roads in Battambang; therefore the contract has been canceled]
  • Samdech Dekchor Says Power of Preah Vihear Suor [Buddhist temple in Khsach Kandal, Kandal] Protected Him from Rocket Attack in Siem Reap [in 1998]
  • Mr. Zhang Zulin, Mayor of Kunming [of China], Praises Strong Progress in Phnom Penh
  • China Provides 50 Electric Buses to Royal Government
  • Man Was Fired at Like in a Battlefield [by officials] for Transporting Just Five Jerry Cans of [smuggled] Gasoline [he is wounded with two bullets – Kampot]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #78, 25.12.2007

  • [Free] Trade Union [of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] Opposes Government’s Plan to Suspend UN Human Rights Office
  • Heng Pov Shouted Noisily in Court that He Has Been Jailed and No One Has Talked to Him

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6227, 25.12.2007

  • Approximately 700 Laywomen and Khmer Muslims Hold Pilgrimage to Khmer Rouge Tribunal Today

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3346, 25.12.2007

  • Public Servants of Ministry of Telecommunications Wait to See That Hun Sen Takes Action against Nhek Kosal Vithyea [Director of Telecom Cambodia], the Thief Who Stole from the Nation, and against High Ranking Officials Supporting Him
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Stated that He Has Never Thought about Meeting with Prince Ranariddh
  • Hun Sen Supports People’s Power Party That Won Elections in Siam [Thailand]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4471, 25.12.2007

  • Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs [Koumura Masahiko] Affirms Preparation to Help with 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Cambodia
  • Cambodia Was Absent at Vote at UN on Human Rights in Burma
  • Russian Telecommunication Company [Altimo] Interested in Cambodian Market

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