Letter to the Editor: Rainsy Quits Amid Threats, But CNRP Still in Danger

As the article “Rainsy Quits Amid Threats, But CNRP Still inDanger” (February13) notes, Sam Rainsy resigned as president of the CNRP to save his party from dissolution at the hands of Prime Minister Hun Sen—with commune elections coming in June and the national election next year.

—Letter to the Editor—

Academics see Mr. Hun Sen’s non-stop obsession to divide and weaken the CNRP as a pre-emptive tactic before the elections, ensuring his preferred outcome.

His activities have surpassed all efforts to reform and destroyed what good might have come of it.  Mr. Rainsy has laid out an inclusive policy to include Cambodians overseas, especially millions  of migrant workers, to be able to vote, as opposed to Mr. Hun Sen who has advocated excluding them.

Apart from his personal integrity and genuine patriotism,  Mr. Rainsy is clear and intelligent in handling political truces with Mr. Hun Sen.

With more than 23 years of experience leading the opposition party, his efforts  paid off in 2013. Seas of people gathered in a tsunami-like crowd to welcome him back home at the airport a few days prior to the national election, which the CNRP nearly won.

From now on, Mr. Rainsy will be an icon of change and idealistic pragmatism in Cambodia. His political career is not over. As long as Cambodian people, especially younger voters, remain supportive of his decades long struggle, his vision for Cambodia will cease to be a dream.

Sophan Seng is executive director of the Committee for Election Rights of Overseas Cambodians.

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