From Liberal International headquarters in London the deputy leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP – LI full member), Mu Sochua MP addressed her 183,000 followers on Facebook on Wednesday 15 October, ahead of the highly controversial decision orchestrated by Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, to dissolve the liberal opposition.
In her message to CNRP elected officials, she reassured her colleagues that the national leadership is aware and concerned of the situation unfolding and that she is in London to communicate the threat to democracy at the highest levels. Having met with UK-based parliamentary colleagues from the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems – LI full member), including Lib Dem party president Baroness Sal Brinton, and former minister of justice, Sir Simon Hughes, Mu Sochua urged the CNRP supporters in Cambodia to remain strong and resist threats and intimidation.
Ahead of interviews on Thursday 16th October with the BBC and Al Jazeera, Mrs Mu thanked voters for their support and placing trust in the CNRP, assuring them that her party’s fight for democracy, freedom, and liberty will continue.
Liberal Democrat Party President Baroness Sal Brinton welcomes CNRP Deputy Leader Mu Sochua MP to the UK House of Lords
Thursday’s government-desired ruling to limit the CNRPs political appeal is just the latest measure in a long line of actions taken by 30-year prime minister Hun Sen to retain his grip on power. Since the CNRP returned their best-ever election results in June 2017 the autocratic CPP party has imprisoned CNRP leader Kem Sokha, closed down independent media outlets such as the Cambodia Daily, and banned the use of the popular former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy in political materials.
Mu Sochua MP delivers a video message to CNRP officials and supporters from LI headquarters in London