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Council Denies Party Appeal for Approval

The Constitutional Council denied Monday an appeal by the Sangkum Khmer Niyum, or United Khmer People Party, to compete in July’s general election.

The National Election Committee rejected the party’s application in May, saying it could not fill 25 candidates for 23 provinces.

Council spokesman Pen Thol declined to comment further on the decision.

I cover on constitutional council has decided, in a hearing this morning, not to allow Sangkum Khmer Niyum party to join the election .

UKPP President Oeun Sarath said he regretted the decision, but he recognized his party had faults.

The council’s decision leaves 11 parties to contest the election.