Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 5 – Kem Monovithya, daughter of former President of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, called President of National Rescue Movement Sam Rainsy the “Ghost Acting President of CNRP”, according to Monovithya’s Facebook earlier today.

“If one [Rainsy] recognized that the party was not dissolved, one shall follow CNRP’s by-laws. If CNRP really dissolved, then there is no by-laws, as the CNRP no longer exists,” Monovithya wrote on Wednesday.

“If CNRP is really dissolved, then it’s a Ghost Conference, a Ghost Acting President (referring to Rainsy),” she added.

Shortly after the appointmen of Sam Rainsy as the Acting President at the Atlanta Conference held on 1-2 December, Muth Chantha, former Kem Sokha's cabinet chief, stated that it contradicted CNRP’s by-laws deposited at the Ministry of Interior.

Chantha clarified that: (a) according to by-laws, the participants at the conference do not have legal rights to propose, nominate, or appoint an Acting President; (b) Acting President can only be appointed when the President is absent; in such case, the delegation shall be made in accordance with the hierarchical leadership order as stated in Article 45-new of the by-laws; no person outside of hierarchical leadership order may be an Acting President; (c) the decision made at the Conference is only a group opinion and that it could not force the Standing Committee to review and respond.