>PM distances himself from CPP electoral campaign

> Hun Sen promises to keep his mouth shut for one month.

The Mekong Times
Prime Minister Hun Sen, the deputy president of the Cambodian People’s Party (CCP), announced yesterday that he will not join the Jun 26-Jul 25 electoral campaign as he wants to avoid “confrontation.” “From Jun 26, my voice will be no longer heard,” he said at a speech in Takeo province, “[I want] to avoid confrontation with other [leaders].” He added that he was unafraid of criticism from other politicians. “To win or lose is one thing, and we want to gain victory. But what’s more important is that the election must be held freely, justly, and non-violently.” Hun Sen appealed to CPP members to avoid causing any problems with other parties. “Please, CPP members, adhere to a [Buddhist] Dharma of patience. People have the right to have their own beliefs and support their own party’s leadership.” “Don’t beat other people’s head until their heads are fractured,” advised the premier. “File a legal complaint instead.”
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