Phnom Penh (FN), May 26 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen underlined that the kingdom’s constitution or the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement do not stipulate that Cambodia must have opposition party to contest in the general election.
The premier spoke during a meeting with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) athletes ahead of the 12th ASEAN Para Games, held on Friday afternoon (May 26) at the Peace Palace.
The premier's remarks came after some people claimed that the decisions of the National Election Committee (NEC) and Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) rejecting the registrations of the Candlelight Party and the Khmer United Great Nation Party in the upcoming general election 2023 was against the constitution and the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement.
"The constitution or the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement do not stipulate that Cambodia must have an opposition party. The constitution only states liberal and multi-party democracy," the premier underscored.
Samdech urges some individuals to make a clear review of Cambodian constitution, which does not mention the opposition party but multi-party; hence, the participation of 18 political parties in the upcoming election is the multi-party.
"To look down on the 18 parties is to look down on the whole Cambodian nation," the premier underscored.
Samdech explained that the absence of one or two parties did not destroy the whole of Cambodia's democracy. Samdech Techo also told foreigners to listen to the voices of Cambodian people in the country and warned foreigners not to interfere in the internal affairs of Cambodia. Samdech also told foreigners to study the Constitution of Cambodia.