Threat fol­lows In­te­rior di­rec­tive

The Phnom Penh Post - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Sokhean

A MIN­ISTRY of In­te­rior di­rec­tive re­quir­ing pro­vin­cial ap­proval for work done on com­mune halls prompted a thinly veiled threat from a min­istry spokesman yes­ter­day that a pop­u­lar op­po­si­tion com­mune chief could be ar­rested if she didn’t com­ply.

Since the op­po­si­tion Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party’s un­prece­dented wins in nearly 500 com­munes dur­ing the June lo­cal elec­tions, sev­eral newly elected com­mune chiefs have found them­selves at odds over var­i­ous projects with dis­trict and pro­vin­cial bu­reau­cra­cies stacked by the rul­ing Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party. The con­flicts – as well as pub­lic re­marks by CPP of­fi­cials and leaked in­ter­nal me­mos – have raised ques­tions as to whether the rul­ing party is ac­tively try­ing to sab­o­tage op­po­si­tion ef­forts CON­TIN­UED

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