Another Ex-CNRP Member Asks to Join CPP

A couple rides a motorbike past the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 17, 2017, a day after the party was outlawed by Cambodia's Supreme Court. Photo by TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP

PHNOM PENH – Another former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker, Dam Seth, has written to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking to join the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). 

In a letter dated Nov. 28, Dam Seth said the reason was that Hun Sen had good and right policies. He said he asked to join the CPP sincerely without any intimidation or coercion.

In July, six former CNRP members who had created the Cambodia National Love Party, joined the ruling party. These included National Assembly members Kang Kimhak and Chiv Kakta.

Both are now government advisers with Kakta having a rank equivalent to a minister while Kimhak’s rank is equal to a secretary of state.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said on Nov. 29 that joining CPP is one’s political right. He added that only those in the ruling party have a bright future.

The ruling party has recently received two prominent politicians into its base: Yang Saing Komar of the Grassroot Democrat Party and Loek Sothea, spokesman for the party.

In a letter to Hun Sen, they said the request was to have the opportunity to help develop the agricultural sector.

On Nov. 28, Koma, and Sothea, accompanied by Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, met Hun Sen to discuss a 12-point agriculture plan aimed at helping a million farmers over five years.

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