Ranariddh to Re-Enter Politics With New Party

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who became first prime minister of Cambodia after the 1993 U.N.-sponsored elections, will form a new party and re-enter the political arena, according to his cabinet chief.

“The prince has a plan to create a new party,” said Naranarith Anandayath, chief of Prince Ranariddh’s cabinet.

The party will be called the Community of Royalist People Party, Mr. Anandayath said, adding that Prince Ranariddh, 70, felt compelled to return to politics due to the “many problems” between the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP since July’s national election.

“[Prince Ranariddh] has a lot of reasons for creating this party,” Mr. Anandayath said.

After being ousted from his position as first prime minister in 1997 during factional fighting with forces loyal to Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Prince has struggled to maintain his political clout.

He was pushed out as president of Funcinpec in 2006 and went on to found the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP), which won two National Assembly seats in the 2008 national election.

The NRP disbanded prior to the last national election in July. Prince Ranariddh is currently serving on the privy council advising his half-brother, King Norodom Sihamoni.

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