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SRP members Defected to the FUNCINPEC Party - 2004-07-21

More than ten members of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party from the provincial and city levels have defected to the FUNCINPEC Party to join ranks with the new government, according to high-ranking officials of the royalist party.

A FUNCINPEC spokesman said the positions of under-secretary of State, provincial governor, and mayor will be offered to these SRP members.

An SRP spokesman acknowledged but downplayed the defection by saying those defected members will not affect the SRP ranks.

He added the defection will benefit the SRP more because it will show that the Sam Rainsy Party is more interested in the Cambodian people's benefits than its personal gains.