PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh, former president of national assembly and current president of Norodom Ranariddh Party on Thursday denied the result of the political talks which plan to merge Prince Norordom Ranariddh and FUNCINPEC parties.
The two parties plan to discuss to merge the sister parties before general election 2013.
Mr. Soa Rany, currently a lawmaker from Norodom Ranariddh party and secretary general of Norodom Ranariddh plans to have a discussion of merging parties with FUNCINPEC. Prince Ranariddh asked Mr Sao Rany not to use his party’s name in negotiation, “the statement from party said. “We did not recognize the result of talks.” prince said in the letter. Prince also is former president of FUNCINPEC party but he was deposed due to related issues of breach of trust in selling party headquarter in Phnom Penh.
Mr Sao Rany asked Prince to have a rest for political affairs in a short period of time and open the way for his team to negotiate with FUNCINPEC party led by deputy prime minister Nhiek Bun Chhay.
Mr.Nhiek previously said: if his party joins with Norodom Ranariddh party, his colleagues will lose positions in the government because currently his party is an alliance in ruling government.
Cambodia’s political parties are trying to organize their structures for the upcoming general election, which will be held on July 28, 2013.
Cambodia’s national assembly has 123 seats and currently ruled by five parties including 90 seats from Cambodian people party led Prime Minister Hun Sen, major opposition party Sam Rainsy for 26, Human Right party for 3, Funcinpec for 2, and Prince Norodom Ranariddh party for 2. Sam Rainsy and human right parties also plan to merge before general election 2013 and this week two parties inked the agreement of cooperation but they did not merge yet.
(SEA WEEKLY) ###