Sam Rainsy (R) and Kem Sokha (L) sign the agreement giving birth to the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC) (Photo: AN, Cambodge Soir Hebdo)
15 Jan 2009
By Leang Delux and Alain Ney
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Luc Sâr
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Just like the US president-elect, Cambodia’s two politicians promote change to launch their new movement.
On Thursday morning, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha officially announced the birth of the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC), borne out of the alliance of their respective political parties. The event took place at the SRP headquarters, under the presence of about 20 MPs, party activists and numerous journalists.
Answering to question about the type of change this alliance wish to bring in, Sam Rainsy explained that this word should be understood “in a broad sense, recalling that Barack Obama’s slogan during the last US presidential election was: ‘The change we need’, we want to change society which, currently, is filled with injustice and corruption.”
“Our ambition is to propose an alternative choice to the citizens, either they want the communist party where [state] lands are being sold and deforestation takes place, or the democrats and freedom,” Kem Sokha, HRP President, summarized.
Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy called on their respective party activists to start collaborating with each other in view of the upcoming election.