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Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Denies Bribing Allegations

PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has rejected a report published by The Cambodia Daily that alleged party members must pay at least $20,000 to join the CPP Central Committee at its upcoming General Assembly.

The CPP released a statement emphasizing that it won the election in July and is now focusing on building high-quality human resources with a desire to serve the nation and the people under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Manet. The CPP said that recruitment of Central Committee members is based on ability, experience, qualifications and ethical values needed to safeguard peace, independence and the achievements of previous generations of the CPP, which it struggles to protect. The party aims to build Cambodia’s reputation at the national and international level by improving the quality of civil servants.

On December 6, The Cambodia Daily published an article saying that a CPP senior official reported that more than 100 new members are set to be included in the Central Committee, but that they must each pay the party $20,000 to $30,000 to join, which would net the party a minimum of $2,000,000 if the new members did so.

The CPP argued that The Cambodia Daily published distorted and exaggerated information to incite discord in society with the intention of harming the reputation, honor and dignity of CPP members. "The Cambodia Daily must adhere to the journalism profession and be responsible for publishing factual information in order to maintain the honor and dignity of its institution and society," it said.

The CPP said that their General Assembly will be held on December 9-10 at the party's headquarters following the overwhelming success of the 2023 general election, which they say represents strong support for the party and internal unity.

The Cambodia Daily was a newspaper printed in Cambodia from 1993-2017 and was known for its coverage of local news and its investigative reporting on illegal logging, corruption and human rights abuses, including land grabs and forced evictions. In 2017, the paper was shut down and moved online following a $6.3 million tax bill from the government. Its online presence has since been blocked by the Cambodian government due to publishing “misleading information that affects the honor and prestige of the Royal Government.”

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