Xinhua | 2012-11-2
The Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), the country's main opposition party, on
Friday elected its party's vice president Kong Korm as the party's new
leader after self- exiled founder and president Sam Rainsy stepped down
last month in order to lead the new Cambodian National Rescue Party
The election was made during the party congress, which
was attended by some 2,000 members. Meanwhile, Sam Rainsy's wife
Tioulong Saumura was elected as the party's vice president, Yim Sovann,
the SRP's spokesman, told Xinhua over telephone Friday.
has officially merged with the Human Rights Party (HRP) under the
banner of the CNRP in July; however, the SRP will continue as a
political party until the end of the Senate mandate in 2017 because it
holds 11 seats in the Senate, he said.
Sam Rainsy fled the
country in late 2009 before Cambodian court sentenced him to 11 years
in jail in absentia for two counts -- publishing a false map of the
border with Vietnam and accusing Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong of being a member of the Democratic
Kampuchea, or known as Khmer Rouge regime.
Cambodia sets to hold
a general election in July next year. Yim Sovann said both the SRP and
the HRP will not join the general election next year.
Sam Rainsy-led CNRP will join the polls next year and all activists of
the SRP and the HRP will do campaigns and vote for the CNRP," he said.
country holds a general election in every five years. The last election
was held in July 2008. As a result, the Cambodian People's Party of
Prime Minister Hun Sen won 90 seats out of the 123 seats in the
National Assembly, followed by the SRP with 26 seats, the HRP 3 seats,
the Norodom Ranariddh Party 2 seats and the Funcinpec Party 2 seats.