Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 13 - Sam Rainsy’s confidant Kong Korm, also former President of Sam Rainsy Party, urged his 118 fellows, who were banned from politics, not to trust Sam Rainsy nor listen to Rainsy’s warning, speaking in a special interview with Fresh News on Wednesday.
Korm claimed that Sam Rainsy was a traitor, betraying his party men in a bomb tragedy in front of the old National Assembly.
According to Kong Korm, Sam Rainsy used to be pardoned as requested by Prime Minister Hun Sen in an exchange for the drop of charge and agreement for constitutional amendment from a two third vote system to 50+1.
Kong Korm announced on Thursday that he is ready to request to re-enter politics after Cambodian National Assembly adopted the proposed amendment; Korm also urged the other former CNRP officials to do so.
Korm’s appeal was made in response to Rainsy’s warning.
Anyone of the banned to accept the lift and re-enter politics is the traitor, Rainsy recently warned his former members, speaking in an interview with RFI.
The proposed amendment will add Article 45-new to Political Party Law stating as follows: “Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities could not create a new party, or participate in any other political parties, or be a candidate for others to vote, or do any activities to support or oppose other parties. Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities will receive absolute rights to legally participate in political activities when banning expired as determined by the Supreme Court’s verdict, or in the case that individual has been rehabilitated by His Majesty King as requested by Prime Minister in accordance with the proposal of Minister of Interior.”
The proposed amendment is one of the agendas of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s further steps to strengthen democracy and political space as well as facilitate freedom of press, CSOs, and unions, according to foreign affair ministry’s press release dated Monday.
It is worth noting that on 16 November 2017, the Supreme Court decided to dissolve CNRP for attempting to topple the legitimate government through a color revolution; and ban 118 members of the party from engaging in political activities for five years.