- Title: Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha holds campaign rally
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: PREY VENG PROVINCE, CAMBODIA (MAY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) CAMBODIA NATIONAL RESCUE PARTY SUPPORTERS CLAPPING HANDS AND DANCING TO GREET THEIR LEADER KEM SOKHA A YOUNG SUPPORTER TAKING PHOTOGRAPH FROM HER CAR OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER KEM SOKHA ARRIVING AND GREETING HIS SUPPORTERS CROWD OF SUPPORTERS CHEERING KEM SOKHA ADDRESSING HIS SUPPORTERS FROM THE STAGE SUPPORTERS CHEERING AND SAYING "LONG LIFE, LONG LIFE" SUPPORTER TAKING PHOTOGRAPH WITH MOBILE PHONE VARIOUS OF RALLY EXTERIOR OF A PAGODA COMPLEX WHERE KEM SOKHA IS RESTING AND HAVING LUNCH KEM SOKHA SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Khmer) CAMBODIA NATIONAL RESCUE PARTY (CNRP) LEADER KEM SOKHA SAYING: "Our party's plan is to get at least 60 percent of commune councilor seats. This was the plan before the election campaign but now we see that we can achieve more than that." KEM SOKHA SPEAKING TO REPORTER DURING THE INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Khmer) KEM SOKHA SAYING: "I appeal to the international community to be prepared first to help for a smooth transfer of power and second help us to strengthen our democracy process which the CNRP will lead in order to prevent any chaos like in the past." KEM SOKHA GREETING VENDORS AT PREY VENG MARKET PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE STREET
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 10:14
- Keywords: Hun Sen campaign Kem Sokha opposition
- Location: PREY VENG, CAMBODIA
- City: PREY VENG, CAMBODIA
- Country: Cambodia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IR4SHX
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- Story Text: Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha rallied supporters on Sunday (May 28) to drum up support ahead of commune elections in early June, giving speeches, shaking hands and greeting people on the streets in eastern Prey Veng province.
He said he was optimistic that his party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) would do well in the upcoming polls on June 4 and secure more than 60 percent of the 1,646 commune leader positions up for grabs.
There are 12 political parties taking part in this election but only CNRP and Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) have candidates in all communes. The outcome of this vote is seen as a gauge of the popularity of the two main parties ahead of general elections next year where Hun Sen is seeking to extend a 32-year mandate.
In the last general elections four years ago, CPP won with a narrow margin of 13 seats ahead of CNRP, offering encouragement to people seeking change but also alarming the CPP who saw its leadership challenged for the first time.
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