Sam Rainsy was nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as the curtain fell on the two-day international conference the former opposition party held in the US over the weekend, a move supporters of the previous leader Kem Sokha blasted as “unacceptable”.
On Monday a pro-Sokha faction issued a statement refusing to “accept” the decision, saying it went against the party’s bylaws.
“The CNRP confirms that the party’s Permanent Committee does not have to follow [this] decision made at the conference because [those involved] do not have the right to act as either requester or selector in choosing an acting president. Therefore, this decision is just a comment from a small group of people,” the statement said.
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