International Support Growing for Cambodian Polls Probe: Sam Rainsy

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy, touring Europe and the U.S., said Thursday that international support is growing behind his party’s call for an independent probe into claims of fraud and other irregularities in the country’s recent elections.

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Speaking in Washington following his visit to Europe, Sam Rainsy said that governments and parliamentarians in the European Union, the United States and several other nations had backed demands by his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for an investigation into the allegations.

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“The EU and other countries have expressed suspicions about the election results,” said the CNRP president, whose visit to Europe last week took him to Britain, France and Belgium.

“They know about the election irregularities and fraud, so they support the establishment of an investigative committee.”

The CNRP has boycotted parliament since it convened for the first time last month after July 28 elections in which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) was declared winner by the government-appointed Election Committee despite claims of vote tampering.

According to official results, the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats to the CNRP’s 55.

The CNRP has held several mass protests and plans many more to push for a probe into the election irregularities and to question the legitimacy of Hun Sen’s government.

Sam Rainsy arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday and met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Joseph Burns, who he said also pledged his support for the probe into irregularities, which the CNRP says includes the removal of one million voters from the electoral rolls.

“He stated the U.S stance—that Washington will continue to encourage [Phnom Penh] to establish an investigation to find the truth and to promote real democracy based on the will of the people,” Sam Rainsy said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said independent observers had noted “serious election irregularities” in the Cambodian polls.

“We do believe and continue to believe that a credible and transparent review of the election would help efforts moving forward,” she told a media briefing on Wednesday.

The United States, Psaki added, wanted the CPP and the CNRP to seek a resolution of the electoral dispute through dialogue that served the best interests of the Cambodian people and promotes reforms.

Sam Rainsy said that he had also met with United Nations officials and U.S. lawmakers, including members of the Senate, who he said had submitted a resolution demanding an investigation into the election results “to provide justice to the voters.”

Sam Rainsy said that he was encouraged by the response to his party’s demands, adding that the international community had taken a much more cautious approach to this year’s election than it had to those held since the U.N. reintroduced competitive polls to the country in 1993 after decades of civil war.

“In the past, the international community—including the U.N.—rushed to accept the election results, but in 2013, many countries and non-governmental organizations demanded an investigation to uncover the truth,” he said.

“In 2013, we have hope that democracy will not be disrespected.”

The CNRP president again traveled to Europe on Thursday to hold talks with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino and will return to Cambodia on Oct. 22.

Power share

Sam Rainsy said that while the CNRP disputed the official results of the government-appointed National Election Committee (NEC), which oversees the country’s polls, the party wanted to play a role to check the powers of Hun Sen’s CPP.

“If the CPP wants to find a solution in this transitional period before we uncover the truth, we must share the power,” he said.

“If the ruling party leads the government, the CNRP must lead the National Assembly (parliament), and we must also ensure the independence of the court.”

He said that the CNRP’s call to check the power of the ruling party is “less about power sharing than it is about holding the CPP accountable before the people.”

Negotiations between the CPP and CNRP aimed at forging a political compromise collapsed last month after the opposition party demanded key posts in the National Assembly.

Mass demonstration

Sam Rainsy said that following his return to Cambodia, he would assist in preparations to hold what he called a “long-planned” mass demonstration on Oct. 23 against the CPP and over its refusal to allow an independent election probe.

The opposition leader also criticized the CPP for “exaggerating information” from previous negotiations between the two parties, without elaborating, saying that the CNRP would abstain from any further talks unless they were made open to the public and the media.

Hun Sen had threatened last month to release an audio recording in which Sam Rainsy purportedly acknowledged a CPP election victory during negotiations.

Earlier this week, the CPP said that it would amend laws and take other steps to reform the country’s electoral system.

Reported by Huot Vuthy for RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes

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  1. mission impossible says:

    of course, he was traveling around asked for help,
    for sure the worlds, they will raises their voices,,

  2. I SEE says:

    សូមជួយមើលសេចក្តីអះអាងផ្ទាល់ខ្លួនរបស់លោកបងឡេវចុះគ្រាន់តែរឿងចង់ស៊ីសម្លមីសួសោះខំប្រឹងចំណាយអស់សោហ៊ុយយន្តហោះអស់ម៉គគោក។ឡូយមែនអង្គុយដាក់ដៃរបៀបនេះប៉ុន្តែសូម លោកបងឡេវសញ្ជាតិពីរឯងដឹងថាកៅអីដែលលោកបងឯងអង្គុយនេះនៅស្រុកខ្មែរគ្មានទេ។​បើចង់អង្គុយធ្វើឫកគ្រាន់បើហាក់ដូចជាក្នុងលោកនេះមានតែបងឯងម្នាក់អញ្ចឹងនោះសូមទាក់ទង​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរមើលក្រែងលោគាត់អាចលៃលករកកន្លែងក្បែរធុងសំរាមណាមួយបានគ្រាន់នឹង ដាក់កៅអីបងឯង???រួចហើយបងឯងដឹកកៅអីណុងយម៉ោដាក់ទៅបងឯងមានកន្លែងអង្គុយហើយ​គេជំរុញអោយបងឯងចរចាមិនមែនអោយបងឯងអង្គុយលើក្បាលអ្នកដទៃទេ។ជាការល្អសូមបង​ចោលក្បួននៅផ្ទះកុហកម៉ែលុះដល់ស្រែកុហកឪនោះទៅបើអាណិតជាតិសូមបងកុំខឹងនឹងខ្ញុំណា​ព្រោះអ្នកនយោបាយត្រូវមានចិត្តធ្ងន់មិនឆេវឆាវ!!!!ម៉ិនចឹង!!!!!

  3. Aimer says:

    Mr.Sam Rainsy,please stop to dupe.Let’s have an accommodation in Cambodia is better.Do you know???

  4. chamreun roath says:

    សុំស្តាប់លោកស្រី PSAKI ឲ្យច្បាស់ថាគាត់និយាយយ៉ាងម៉េចខ្លះ។ អត្ថបទខាងលើនេះ សុទ្ធតែជាសំដីបំប្លែងរបស់ សម រង្ស៊ីទាំងអស់ គឺពុំមានចេញពីមាត់របស់តំណាងណាមួយពីសហគមន៍អឺរ៉ុប ឡើយ។ បើគ្រាន់បើណាស់ សូមយកសំដីរបស់តំណាងម្នាក់ៗពីសហគមន៍អឺរ៉ុប មកបង្ហាញផង។ សូមអាននូវពាក្យសំដីរបស់លោកស្រី PSAKI

    MS. PSAKI: I don’t – I think this is happening later this afternoon, but today Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party. Their meeting will include a discussion on the ongoing dispute over results of the Cambodian election. The United States continues to urge both parties to seek resolution of electoral disputes through peaceful dialogue that serves the best interests of the Cambodian people and promotes reforms. We also strongly support an open and democratic process and do not support one political party or candidate over another, and meetings of this kind with political party leaders do not signify an endorsement. We’re looking forward to listening and hearing more about what’s happening on the ground.
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    យើងមិនសូវចេះអង់គ្លេសនេះ ប៉ុន្មានទេ ។តែយើងស្តាប់ច្បាស់ណាស់ថា ស.រ.អបន្តជម្រុញឲ្យបក្សទាំងពីរខិត្ខំរកដំណោះស្រាយក្នុងទំនាស់រឿងបោះឆ្នោតតាមរយៈការចរចារសន្តិវិធី……។ ចំណុចមួយទៀត គេថា ៖ អាមេរិកគាំទ្រលទ្ធិប្រជាធបតេយ្យ ហើយមិនគាំទ្របក្សណា ឬបេក្ខជនណាមួយជា បក្សណា បេក្ខជនណា ឡើយ។
    សូមយល់ឲ្យច្បាស់នៅលើការបង្ហាញរបស់លោកស្រី PSAKI។ កន្លែងនេះហើយ ដែល យើងសុំនិយាយហើយថា អាមេរិកគេចេះណាស់។ គេមិនល្ងង់មកគាំទ្រក្រុមមួយដែលចេះតែដើរញុះញង់ទាំងក្នុងជាតិ និងលើឆាកអន្តរជាតិនោះទេ។ នៅពេលដែលគេឃើញពួកនេះ មិនទាន់ចូលធ្វើការជាមួយរដ្ឋាភិបាល គឺគេដឹងណាស់ថាវាមិនត្រឹមត្រូវទៅហើយ ដូចនេះគេសុខចិត្តនៅស្ងៀមសិន , តែពុំមែនមានន័យថា គេគាំទ្រ CNRP នេះទេ។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញ គេមិនចង់ឲ្យខ្លួនគេ ក្លាយទៅជាចំណាប់ខ្មាំងរបស់នរណាម្នាក់ តែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។គេត្រូវរក្សាខ្លួនគេឲ្យនៅឆ្ងាយពីបញ្ហា ដែលកម្ពុជាអាចចោទថាគេ លូកដៃ។ គេចង់និយាយថា ខំជជែកគ្នាទៅ សុំកុំទៅប្តឹងដល់គេធ្វើអ្វី។ មានន័យថា បក្សប្រជាជន ក៏មិនបាច់ទៅអន្ទងគេ តែ CNRPក៏កុំទៅទួញប្រាប់គេដែរ។
    បើយើងមើលឃើញដូចនេះ ហើយ និងឮដូចនេះហើយ យើងសួរថា តើសម រង្ស៊ីត្រូវបន្តយកជំនួបនេះមកបន្លំភ្នែកប្រជាជនខ្មែរ ទៀតឬយ៉ាងណា? សុំកុំគិតថា មានតែខ្លួនឯងមួយ ចេះអង់គ្លេស តែឯកឯងនោះ ណា៎ម្សៀរ!!

  5. chamreun roath says:

    សុំស្តាប់លោកស្រី PSAKI ឲ្យច្បាស់ថាគាត់និយាយយ៉ាងម៉េចខ្លះ។ អត្ថបទខាងលើនេះ សុទ្ធតែជាសំដីបំប្លែងរបស់ សម រង្ស៊ីទាំងអស់ គឺពុំមានចេញពីមាត់របស់តំណាងណាមួយពីសហគមន៍អឺរ៉ុប ឡើយ។ បើគ្រាន់បើណាស់ សូមយកសំដីរបស់តំណាងម្នាក់ៗពីសហគមន៍អឺរ៉ុប មកបង្ហាញផង។ សូមអាននូវពាក្យសំដីរបស់លោកស្រី PSAKI
    MS. PSAKI: I don’t – I think this is happening later this afternoon, but today Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party. Their meeting will include a discussion on the ongoing dispute over results of the Cambodian election. The United States continues to urge both parties to seek resolution of electoral disputes through peaceful dialogue that serves the best interests of the Cambodian people and promotes reforms. We also strongly support an open and democratic process and do not support one political party or candidate over another, and meetings of this kind with political party leaders do not signify an endorsement. We’re looking forward to listening and hearing more about what’s happening on the ground.
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    យើងមិនសូវចេះអង់គ្លេសនេះ ប៉ុន្មានទេ ។តែយើងស្តាប់ច្បាស់ណាស់ថា ស.រ.អបន្តជម្រុញឲ្យបក្សទាំងពីរខិតខំរកដំណោះស្រាយក្នុងទំនាស់រឿងបោះឆ្នោតតាមរយៈការចរចារសន្តិវិធី……។ ចំណុចមួយទៀត គេថា ៖ អាមេរិកគាំទ្រលទ្ធិប្រជាធបតេយ្យ ហើយមិនគាំទ្របក្សណា ឬបេក្ខជនណាមួយជាង បក្សណា បេក្ខជនណា ឡើយ។
    សូមយល់ឲ្យច្បាស់នៅលើការបង្ហាញរបស់លោកស្រី PSAKI។ កន្លែងនេះហើយ ដែល យើងសុំនិយាយហើយថា អាមេរិកគេចេះណាស់។ គេមិនល្ងង់មកគាំទ្រក្រុមមួយដែលចេះតែដើរញុះញង់ទាំងក្នុងជាតិ និងលើឆាកអន្តរជាតិនោះទេ។ នៅពេលដែលគេឃើញពួកនេះ មិនទាន់ចូលធ្វើការជាមួយរដ្ឋាភិបាល គឺគេដឹងណាស់ថាវាមិនត្រឹមត្រូវទៅហើយ ដូចនេះគេសុខចិត្តនៅស្ងៀមសិន , តែពុំមែនមានន័យថា គេគាំទ្រ CNRP នេះទេ។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញ គេមិនចង់ឲ្យខ្លួនគេ ក្លាយទៅជាចំណាប់ខ្មាំងរបស់នរណាម្នាក់ តែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។គេត្រូវរក្សាខ្លួនគេឲ្យនៅឆ្ងាយពីបញ្ហា ដែលកម្ពុជាអាចចោទថាគេ លូកដៃ។ គេចង់និយាយថា ខំជជែកគ្នាទៅ សុំកុំទៅប្តឹងដល់គេធ្វើអ្វី។ មានន័យថា បក្សប្រជាជន ក៏មិនបាច់ទៅអន្ទងគេ តែ CNRPក៏កុំទៅទួញប្រាប់គេដែរ។
    បើយើងមើលឃើញដូចនេះ ហើយ និងឮដូចនេះហើយ យើងសួរថា តើសម រង្ស៊ីត្រូវបន្តយកជំនួបនេះមកបន្លំភ្នែកប្រជាជនខ្មែរ ទៀតឬយ៉ាងណា? សុំកុំគិតថា មានតែខ្លួនឯងមួយ ចេះអង់គ្លេស តែឯកឯងនោះ ណា៎ម្សៀរ!!

  6. Prey Veng says:

    MS. PSAKI: Well, independent observers have noted serious election irregularities. We do believe and continue to believe that a credible and transparent review of the election would help efforts moving forward.

  7. Prey Veng says:

    QUESTION: Do you have anything on Cambodia, on the – Deputy Secretary Burns –

    MS. PSAKI: Sure. I do.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS. PSAKI: I don’t – I think this is happening later this afternoon, but today Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party. Their meeting will include a discussion on the ongoing dispute over results of the Cambodian election. The United States continues to urge both parties to seek resolution of electoral disputes through peaceful dialogue that serves the best interests of the Cambodian people and promotes reforms. We also strongly support an open and democratic process and do not support one political party or candidate over another, and meetings of this kind with political party leaders do not signify an endorsement. We’re looking forward to listening and hearing more about what’s happening on the ground.

    QUESTION: So the U.S. still supports his demand for some kind of a independent inquiry into the election?

    MS. PSAKI: Well, independent observers have noted serious election irregularities. We do believe and continue to believe that a credible and transparent review of the election would help efforts moving forward.

    QUESTION: Did Sam Rainsy ask for this meeting, or was it a meeting at the request of the State Department?

    MS. PSAKI: That’s a good question. I’ll check on it and see if there’s more specifics on that.

    QUESTION: Has he been before? I just wondered if –

    MS. PSAKI: Has he been here before?

    QUESTION: Has he been here before? Yeah.

    MS. PSAKI: I will check. I’m not sure off the top of my head.

    Okay, actual last one.

    QUESTION: Actual last one. (Laughter.) On the shutdown, it looks like we might be heading for a deal sometime today, possibly very late tonight.

    MS. PSAKI: You better be knocking on wood right now. (Laughter.)
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    Please read the whole part of press conference. It was no good at all, if you just copy some part of the text.

  8. Chourn says:

    Well done Sam Rainsy, a hero of victim cambodia. Please continue your progressive great jobs….

  9. បរិមី ព្រ:វិហារ says:

    Let comparing Malaysian election and Cambodian election, Malaysia voted only a few months before Cambodia. In Malaysia the ruling party won the election by winning seats 133 against 89, but losing popular votes 5.3 millions to 5.8 millions. In case in Cambodia, CPP won both popular votes and seats, 3.2 Millions against 3 millions and 68 against 55. After election there were many mass demonstrations similar to Cambodia, however new government of Malaysia took very clear decision to take illegal individuals to the court and jailed. I believe that Cambodia should not be an isolated case, there are a number of illegal acts such as abuse of national institutions, the King and noncompliance with local rules & regulations. Let take legal action, living in a society without respecting rules it’ll become chaos, thus democratic course will be damaged!,

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