A Change of Guard

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Friday, 19 October 2007

Funcinpec Hoped a Royal Daughter Will Help Revive Its Popularity

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A pro-CPP F'pec hopes that a royal daughter will bring it back to the top
October 18, 2007Cambodia s co-ruling Funcinpec formally appoints princess as premiership candidate
The co-ruling Funcinpec Party here on Thursday formally appointed Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, 52, and the youngest daughter of retired king Norodom Sihanouk, as its prime minister candidate for the general election on July 27, 2008."We all approved to appoint her as our prime minister candidate of the party for the general election in 2008 according to the requests from the members at grass-root level and the 128-member steering committee," Nhiek Bun Chhay, party secretary general, told a press conference held after its one-day national congress. "She is wife of party president Keo Puth Rasmey and current Cambodian Ambassador to Malaysia, and we hoped that she will bring the party to victory in the 2008 election because 50 percent of the Cambodian people are women and they will vote for her," he said."(This shows that) We have deeply reformed our party in accordance with the world situation, under which democracy and women are cared," he said."If we win the election, we will still cooperate with the Cambodian People's Party (CPP)," Chhay added.Funcinpec has co-governed the kingdom with the major ruling CPP for years. CPP nominated current Prime Minister Hun Sen for the premiership contest in the next election.Funcinpec was created by Sihanouk in 1981 as a royalist party. In 1993 it won the general election under the leadership of Prince Norodom Ranariddh. Now it has 26 seats at the National Assembly and ranks as the second largest party.Source: Xinhua

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