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By Vorackcheat

Source: Khmer Wathanakam

All charges and conviction against Mr. Sam Rainsey were totally political , so when a political solution was found for him, he is free to go back to perform his job as a member of Parliament and has a full rights to run for his next term. Because of a political conviction against him, Hun Sen ordered the NEC under his control to stripe all his rights as an ordinary citizen as well as a candidate for the election. Now when Mr. Rainsey returns from his exile, he faces an other obstacle of losing his name from the candidate list. To help insure that this election free and fair, Hun Sen must let Sam Rainsey –a main opposition leader–to compete with him without any condition.

Sam Rainsey not only committed any crime against his country, instead he is a hero, a savior, and a great role model leader for our nation. As a MP, he has a duty to serve and protect interest his constituents according to the constitution. The way he uprooted a temporary border post with Vietnam, which was installed on the middle of the farmer’s rice field is just a symbolic protest and a show of his concern about the border encroachment from Vietnam. In this case, if Hun Sen’s government is fully independent from Hanoi, There would be no any problem at all. Cambodian government can use diplomatic channel to solve this problem with Vietnam without damaging to any party. If Cambodian government cares about its own people, Hun Sen must help to protect Sam Rainsey from any accusation from Vietnam because he is a leader for all Khmer.
In short, all charges against Sam Rainsey were fabricated in order to eliminate him from a political arena. Sam Rainsey has posed a real thread to Hun Sen’s long time holding power and a real obstacle for Hanoi’s political and economic control over Cambodia. Sam Rainsey is a true Khmer hero who deserves praise and reward for his action to serve and protect Khmer’s interest in all cost. Now, Sam Rainsey should be allowed to run this election without any condition. If this election without Sam Rainsey’s participation, this election will be meaningless.

Kong Sothanarith

July 18, 2013

PHNOM PENH — The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has not yet submitted the name of party president Sam Rainsy to be a candidate in the July 28 election.

Sam Rainsy is expected to return from nearly four years in exile on Friday, following a royal pardon last week. But election officials say he is not eligible to run for office, despite the pardon.

“We must apply the law,” Im Soursdey, president of the NEC, told VOA Khmer Wednesday.

Opposition officials said Thursday they will meet following Sam Rainsy’s return to decide whether and how to push for his candidacy for office.

Koul Panha, executive director of the election watchdog Comfrel, said a run by Sam Rainsy for office will require “political discussions” between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the Rescue Party.

Donors and election observers say they want the Cambodian government to ensure free and fair elections, especially through the implementation of 18 recommendations made by the UN’s special rights envoy to Cambodia, including allowing the participation of Sam Rainsy in the political process.

“We encourage the Cambodian government to continue implementing recommendations by the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia aimed at free and fair elections,” US Embassy spokesman Sean McIntosh told VOA Khmer.

Meanwhile, the opposition says it is continuing to face political intimidation in the run-up to the election.

Authorities in Kandal province detained an opposition party activist on charges of violence, following a rally were opposition and ruling party supporters clashed on Monday.

Phnom Penh Post July 18, 2013

When the National Assembly forms after this month’s election, Pen Sovann—Cambodia’s first prime minister after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, and a man imprisoned in Hanoi between 1981 and 1991—may well be seated close enough to stare down the man who he believes betrayed him three decades ago.

Mr. Sovann, whose life tracks modern Cambodian history from the anti-colonial Issarak movement of the 1950s to the Salvation Front that overthrew the Khmer Rouge in 1979, is running as the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) top-listed candidate in Kompong Speu province.

And he expects to win.

“There are eight seats and only one me,” he said Wednesday. “How could I not win?”

Mr. Sovann said that his move is simply a continuation of his already storied political career, and that he is still focused on reducing corruption and ending illegal Vietnamese immigration to Cambodia.

“As I am patriotic and want to protect the country’s land, they imprisoned me,” he said, referring to his exile in 1981, which was triggered by his calls for the withdrawal of Vietnamese forces after the Salvation Front formed a government in Phnom Penh in 1981.

“Whenever I talk about this story, people shed tears,” he said.

“[Nowadays, Vietnam’s government] makes the government grant land concessions to the Vietnamese, and they do not even use Cambodians to work on their concessions,” he added.

While Prime Minister Hun Sen—whose youngest son, Hun Many, is also running for a seat in Kompong Speu—has long campaigned on having toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, Mr. Sovann said Wednesday that he had been the true founder of the anti-Pol Pot movement and drew a parallel between that period and the situation today.

“[When] the Cambodia Na­tional Rescue Party formed, I joined the party to rescue the nation again,” he said. “The CNRP is rescuing the country from the ab­solute power regime, from Vietnam’s hand, and from corruption.”

Mr. Sovann said that he was looking forward to serving as a lawmaker or as Kompong Speu provincial governor under a CNRP government.

He also claimed that upon his return to Cambodia in 1992, after a decade of house arrest in Hanoi, he had almost rejoined the CPP after elements interested in his popularity approached him to join.

“When I first arrived, [CPP Senate President] Chea Sim contacted me first. He said: ‘I’d like to thank you for giving me a leadership position in the government…. Now that you’re out of prison, we’d like you to join the CPP,’” Mr. Sovann recounted.

“They held a permanent member meeting, and [Mr. Hun Sen] said no because if they let me in I would fight against the Vietnamese again,” he said.

In 2008, CPP National As­sembly Chairman Heng Samrin, who served as head of state during Mr. Sovann’s brief premiership in the early 1980s, said that the CPP had little interest in Mr. Sovann. “There is no benefit to the CPP if he defects,” Mr. Samrin said at the time, referring to his former colleague’s role in the Human Rights Party.

Mr. Sovann confirmed Wednesday that Mr. Hun Sen’s reported presumption that he would have moved to expel Vietnamese people was ac­curate and added that he would also have restructured the party leadership and economic policies.

Yet he also stressed that, having married a Vietnamese woman while in exile in Hanoi, he was nevertheless careful not to mix his political views and his personal life.

“I divide that clearly. The nation and my individual self are very clear,” he said. “In short…[the Vietnamese] make good food, so I admire them. I don’t like the people but I like the food.”

“If you talk about them coming to our country, though, that’s a different thing,” he added.

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Anonymous said…

Khmer makes better foods,Mr Sovann you are wrong about this one! Yuon didn’t cares about you nor your nation.Yuon wants your kdor and your land only after they succeed they kill you and cut your kdor off.Penn Sovann should retire can’t trust this guy.Tell me why Hanoi didn’t kill you? What’s a catch? Why you want to joint politic again? Mr Sovann,you associate with Hanoi for so long,tell the world who give Tral Island to Yuon?and when? Also who were the mastermind behind killingfield? Do you believe that Khmers kills khmers during Pol pot regime? Speculation that Yuon behind all the killingfield,what would you response to this question?

Prahok

Anonymous said…

Once a thief, always a thief, you once a Vietminh, you will always be a Vietminh… you just act differently according to the wind of time. Vote No to fake CNRP member Pen Sovann.

Anonymous said…

We can not judge this man just because of our gut instinct. The last thing we want is breaking Khmer unity at a time like this. Please learn the fact and do more research before making derogatory comments. There is a Khmer saying "bur min ban jev kom youk jerng rea tuk." Your negative comments above doing exactly just that.

Thank you Penn Sovann. Hun Sen robbed you of your status, but to many of us, you are the Khmer hero that saved Khmer. Not Hun Sen.

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