Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 5 – Kem Monovithya, daughter of former President of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, called the appointment of Sam Rainsy as Acting President “party revolution”, Monovithya spoke in an interview with RFI recently.

Monovithya stated that if we change the leadership of any organization, we shall follow the by-laws of the organization. If in terms of “state”, it would be called revolution; but if in the party, we can call party revolution.

“We are deeply saddened, not because of his Acting President position, but saddened by the procedures of the appointment,” Monovithya told RFI adding that she regretted that the appointment did not follow the by-laws of former CNRP and without the discussions with the other sides of the dissolved CNRP.

It is worth noting that shortly after the appointment of Sam Rainsy as the Acting President at the Atlanta Conference held on 1-2 December, Muth Chantha, former Kem Sokha's cabinet chief, stated that it contradicted CNRP’s by-laws deposited at the Ministry of Interior.

Chantha clarified that: (a) according to by-laws, the participants at the conference do not have legal rights to propose, nominate, or appoint an Acting President; (b) Acting President can only be appointed when the President is absent; in such case, the delegation shall be made in accordance with the hierarchical leadership order as stated in Article 45-new of the by-laws; no person outside of hierarchical leadership order be an Acting President; (c) the decision made at the Conference is only a group opinion and that it could not force the Standing Committee to review and respond.