This week’s message underscores the sensitive nature of Cambodian politics, where insults are taken very personally and defamation is a criminal offense.
With the country looking toward national elections again in 2018, the CPP has been undertaking internal changes to help it connect with voters.
លោកប្រធានាធិបតីស.រ.អា.បារ៉ាក់អូបាម៉ាដែលកំពុងកសាងកេរតំណែល បានថ្លែងសុន្ទរកថាអំពីស្ថានភាពប្រទេសជាតិ State of the Uinion លើកទី៧របស់លោកនៅយប់ថ្ងៃអង្គារ។
Hun Sen already has an official account, as does his political rival, Sam Rainsy, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
In a 49-page strategy paper distributed at the meeting, it said the party will focus on establishing local networks across the country to bolster support and prepare for elections.
With more elections just around the corner, Cambodia’s leaders will have to shift their focus to the youth, a powerful new force in a rapidly changing country, political analysts say.
Hun Sen made the comment at the annual ceremony to mark Jan. 7, 1979, when Vietnamese-backed forces ousted the Khmer Rouge from Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Hun Sen will join other Asean leaders for a special meeting with US President Barack Obama in California next month.
Sam Rainsy is in exile abroad, facing a jail sentence if he returns to Cambodia, in a defamation case brought by the president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, Heng Samrin.
Hun Manet made the defense in a video clip posted on the prime minister’s official Facebook page Wednesday, amid heightened political tensions over the border.
Human rights groups and land activists have accused the parliament of only offering blessings to dignitaries, and ignoring the voters who elect its 123 members.
Hun Sen also announced that he would not offer his signature for an amnesty petition for Sam Rainsy and other Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders.