PM Hun Sen Re-warns of Taking Legal Action against any Unlawful Acts

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has repeatedly warned to take legal action against any acts harming the country’s security, order and stability.

While presiding over the inauguration ceremony of Russey Keo Bridge and Flyover in Phnom Penh this morning, the Premier said a Facebook campaign against the National Election Committee (NEC)’s decision to reject the Candlelight Party’s registration had been initiated, therefore competent authorities have to take legal measures against all unlawful acts.

“I would like to emphasise that Cambodia has laws and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party is just a competitor that has nothing to do with the decision of the NEC or the Constitutional Council. […] Please do not mess with demonstrations or protests. I had already sent a message and that message is still in force,” he underlined.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen said competent authorities must take immediate legal action against anyone who destroys the stability, security and order, both at the national and sub-national levels.

The Prime Minister called on the public not to be fooled by the ill-will group, stressing, “It is my duty as the Prime Minister and I have the right to maintain social order for 17 million people, not for one party.”

Regarding the group of exiled politicians who had been trying to hold a meeting in Malaysia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked the Malaysian Prime Minister after the Malaysian authorities dissolved their plan.

On May 25, 2023, the Constitutional Council decided to uphold the NEC’s decision not to register the Candlelight Party and Khmer United Great Nation Party because they failed to submit a certified copy of the certificate of registration of the political party issued by the Ministry of Interior as stated in the Article 27 of the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse