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Friday, December 29, 2006

Deja Vu

Prince Ranariddh was removed from the presidency of FUNCINPEC, kicked out of the party and stripped of his parliamentary seat and immunity. It's a deja vu. He should remember well when he did exactly the same thing to Sam Rainsy. He filed a lawsuit against the new FUNCINPEC for kicking him out. When Sam Rainsy was kicked out from FUNCINPEC by Ranariddh, the latter said that it was the right way to do. WHen Sam Rainsy created a party named after his name, Ranariddh derided Sam Rainsy. Now today Ranariddh folowed Sam Rainsy's footstep by naming his own after his own name. Waht an irony.

Ranariddh wrote to the King Father that these people usurped his asset which is FUNCINPEC given to him by the King Father. It's like a plot of land that he inherited from the King Father and he allowed the people to live in there. But in return they took over his land. So why did he let the whole thing happen?

Ranariddh got what he asked for. He neglected the affairs of the party. He got a mistress without caring for his followers. So the latter revolted and wanted a reformed FUNCINPEC to stand for the communal elections on April 1, 2007. So he should blame himself for his problems.

When he was the head of FUNCINPEC he was not able to make his party the dominant party (remember that he won the lection in 1993 and became Prime Minister for a short period of time), so what are his prospects with his new party? He has to start all over again. It's better for him to live in France with his mistress and wealth.

Ranariddh's trouble is not over yet. His wife Marie is sueing him for adultery and infidelity under the polygamy law. If convicted Ranariddh will face up to 5 years in prison. Don't worry for him. The King will always pardon him.

Anayway Ranariddh is the past.


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh and two of his supporters lost their seats in the National Assembly and Senate on December 12, together with their parliamentary immunity.

    Ranariddh and Chhim Seak Leng were removed from their seats in the National Assembly, and Prince Norodom Chakrapong from the Senate.

    There was no discussion or vote on their removals, but Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly, read out a statement of Funcinpec announcing Math Salima, a female member of Funcinpec, and Soth Sothun as replacements for Ranariddh and Seak Leng, both representing Kampong Cham province.

    Ranariddh and Seak Leng were not present at the National Assembly session.

    Samrin said the pair's dismissal followed the Ministry of Interior's recognition of the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP).

    Seak Leng told the Post on December 13 that his expulsion was of no interest. Chakrapong could not be reached for comment.

    According to the law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly, a candidate who resigns from his party automatically loses his or her membership in the National Assembly.

    However, Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), said his party will propose a change to the law on the election of parliamentarians when his party has the numbers in the National Assembly.

    "We regret the dismissal of any members of the National Assembly, but there is no choice because we have to respect to the existing law," Rainsy said. "We want to see independence for lawmakers - then they will have real power to work for the people."

    Rainsy said that the current law has tightened freedom of expression for parliamentarians, who had to listen to their party leaders rather than the voice of the people.

    On October 18 Ranariddh was removed as president of Funcinpec in what Funcinpec founder King Father Norodom called a "coup de parti."

    After Funcinpec secretary general Nhiek Bun Chhay took control of the party and committed it to continuing the coalition government with the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Ranariddh co-opted the little known Khmer Front Party (KFP), which was reborn on November 16 as the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP).

    On November 12 the NRP issued a statement saying the removal of people from Parliamentary seats or positions should await the court judgment over who has the authority to control Funcinpec.

    The statement said the NRP had petitioned the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on October 23 for all action against Funcinpec members loyal to Ranariddh to be postponed.

    "The Funcinpec party remains in dispute and under the jurisdiction of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, therefore the National Assembly must postpone the dismissal of Ranariddh and Seak Leng," the statement read.

    The NRP cabinet said the dismissal of members of the National Assembly and Senate because they believed in different political programs was against the principles of democracy and against the Constitution.

    Ok Socheat, Ranariddh's adviser in charge of public affairs, said Funcinpec, backed by the CPP, has been intimidating parliamentarians, senators and government officials with threats of dismissal if they defect to the NRP.

    He said Prince Norodom Sirivudh and Princess Norodom Vacheara were under threat of dismissal because of their sympathies for Ranariddh.

    Ranariddh's cabinet has appealed to civil society, the international community, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union to help guarantee the freedom of Cambodian parliamentarians.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:13 AM  

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