Cambodia's Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that though the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) is considering taking the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP) as a partner in the government, the royalist party will not be part of the new government, national media reported Monday.
The government will be formed shortly following the first meeting of the National Assembly on Sept. 24, but that government will be made up of officials just from the CPP and Funcinpec, Khieu Kanharith, who is also government spokesman, was quoted as saying by the Cambodia Daily.
"There are only two parties in the government," Khieu Kanharith said.
"We will think later about the Norodom Ranariddh Party," he added.
Khieu Kanharith said the CPP has not yet seriously considered the NRP as a partner because the royalist party has not yet announced its support for the CPP political platform.
But last week the NRP President Norodom Ranariddh did release a statement urging the CPP to form the next government quickly in order to "lead the country towards development and reducing poverty according to the CPP's political platform."
Formerly an opposition party, the NRP has indicated in recent weeks that it is interested in joining forces with CPP, particularly if it could result in the return of Prince Ranariddh, who is currently in self-imposed exile to avoid a prison sentence.
The NRP won two seats in parliament in the July 27 general election, according to official election results.