Cambodian PM: Who Really Destroy Democratic Process in Cambodia?

AKP Phnom Penh, June 22, 2018 —

“Who really destroys the democratic process in Cambodia? Those who organise the election or those who appeal for election boycott?”

The question was raised by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, while presiding over here this morning a graduation ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

It is so funny that the 20 political parties registered to compete in the upcoming National Election were accused of abolishing democracy, he added.

“We don’t understand, when we organise an election with the participation of up to 20 political parties, we’re accused of destroying democracy. Are we really the destroyer of democracy? […] How about those who obstruct people to go to vote? Are they democratic? They are the real destroyer of democracy and they also violate the constitution,” he underlined.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen agreed that it is against the Cambodian Constitution and kills democracy if the election is run with only one political party, but, he stressed, for the forthcoming general elections, there will be not only one, but up to 20 political parties.

The Premier once again called on all eligible voters to cast their respective ballots on July 29, 2018 National Election.

The 20 registered political parties are the Khmer National United Party, Our Motherland Party, New Light Party, Cambodian Nationality Party, Khmer Rise Party, Beehive Social Democratic Party, Grassroots Democracy Party, Republican Democratic Party, Reaksmey Khemra Party, League for Democracy Party, Khmer Republican Party, Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, FUNCINPEC Party, Khmer Economic Development Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Dharmacracy Party, Khmer Will Party, Cambodia Indigenous People Democracy Party, Khmer United Party, and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

Over eight million eligible Cambodian citizens have been registered for the upcoming political race.

By Khan Sophirom

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