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Opposition Left Out of Election Reform Committee

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, right, after a meeting, as Sar Kheng, center, deputy prime minister, looks on at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, right, after a meeting, as Sar Kheng, center, deputy prime minister, looks on at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Members of the opposition party on Wednesday blamed the ruling party for failing to resolve the current political deadlock.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party has set up a committee to reform the National Election Committee, but it did not include the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Yim Sovann, a spokesman for the Rescue Party, said both sides had agreed in September to form a team to reform the NEC. Both sides, as well as outside parties, such as democracy groups, should now participate, he said.

“The CPP is not willing to resolve the political deadlock,” he said.

CPP officials were not immediately available for comment.

Hang Puthea, executive director for the election-monitoring group Nicfec, said that a reform committee comprised of just one party will face the same credibility problems as this year’s election.
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