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You Hockry Appointed NRP Secretary-General

Former Funcinpec parliamentarian You Hockry Monday was appointed secretary-general of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, as the splintered royalists prepare for the 2008 national election.

Prince Sisowath Thomico, former head of the small royalist party, Sangkum Jatiniyum Front, joined NRP Sunday, urging Kem Sokha and his Human Rights Party to join as well. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will stick with Funcinpec as the government's coalition partner.

You Hockry replaced Chhim Siekleng, promising to follow Prince Norodom Ranariddh an appealing for other royalists to consider reunification.

"This is not reshuffling, but rather improving the structure of appointing the leadership," NRP spokesman Muth Chantha said.