PM: No Political Negotiations with Former Opposition Members

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning confirmed that there will be no political negotiations with members of the former opposition party who want to get back their political rights, only if they file a request themselves.

No political negotiations to open way for former opposition members to regain their political rights, stressed Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Project for Flood Protection and Drainage Improvement in Phnom Penh Capital Phase IV.

If they do politics while they have not yet regained their political rights, they are against the law, he added, explaining, This is not a political repression, but a reminder to expand political space for the liberal multi-party democracy and the rule of law.

According to the Premier, there are only two options. The first is to request to regain political right and form a political party in order to join the commune/Sangkat election in 2022, while the second is to wait until the court’s verdict ends in November 2022 and form a political party to compete in the national election in July 2023.

The door was already open. You enter or not, it depends on you. You need to know that when the door is open, it also can be closed. If you ignore it and want this and that condition, you need to wait until 2022, he said.

Up to know, three of the 118 former opposition senior officials who were banned from politics for five years have filed a request to regain their political rights.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press