Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Spokesman: KNLF set to register as legitimate party later this month



Spokesman: KNLF set to register as legitimate party later this month

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) founder Sam Serey.

Spokesman: KNLF set to register as legitimate party later this month

The Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) – a group claiming to be Cambodia’s “government in exile”, led by Sam Serey – is set to register as a legitimate political party later this month, after its members collected more than 5,000 thumbprints, its spokesman Thuy Vy said on Tuesday.

The thumbprints collection came after the government announced it welcomed the KNLF registering as a new party, with Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan last month saying he believed it was the “right thing”.

“We officially decided earlier last year that next week, the KNLF will submit the collected documents and about 5,000 thumbprints for the party’s registration to the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

Vy said the collected thumbprints have been sourced from people of various provinces in Cambodia and Thailand. His party has complied with the Kingdom’s Constitution, he continued.

“I hope the ministry would consider national interests as a primary matter. According to the Constitution, all Cambodians have rights to engage in politics,” he said.

Vy was arrested in Phnom Penh in May 2017 after attempting to arrange a press conference calling on the government to release political prisoners and pardon KNLF leader, Sam Serey, who was subsequently sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on incitement charges.

Upon his release on November 20 last year, he was appointed KNLF spokesman, publicly stating his intention to register the group as an official political party.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment, but he said last month that the government body “would not oppose the move if it met the requirements of the Law on Political Parties”.

KNLF president Sam Serey made headlines last month after he announced he would “halt activities” and return to Cambodia if certain conditions were met, including pardons leading to the release of all KNLF members in the Kingdom’s jails.

Serey was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in 2014 for allegedly “plotting” an attempt to overthrow the government and has been labelled a “terrorist mastermind”.

His “government in exile” reportedly consists of 56 members. He was granted political asylum by Denmark in 2011.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF