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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Opposition parties deny losing members to Funcinpec

PHNOM PENH, 20 December 2012 (The Cambodia Herald) - The opposition Sam Rainsy Party and Human Rights Party have denied losing thousands of members to Funcinpec.

The denials came after Funcinpec President Nhiek Bun Chhay said at least 5,000 opposition party members had joined the royalist party.

The defections took place in Kampong Cham, Bantey Meanchey, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot, Kandal, Takeo, Kampong Thom and Prey Veng provinces, he said.

"The people who joined the Sam Rainsy and Human Rights parties have come back," the Funcinpec president said.

Sam Rainsy Party spokesman Yim Sovann dismissed the claim, saying people would not leave a strong party for a weak one.

Human Rights Party spokesman Ou Chanrith agreed. "I don’t believe people would join Funcinpec which is a partner of the ruling party," he said.

"Funcinpec used to win votes but they now lost so people will go for those parties that win the vote."

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