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Khmer Rouge regime will return if opposition party wins July's polls: PM


17:39, May 22, 2013

PHNOM PENH, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Wednesday that the Khmer Rouge regime would return to the country if the main opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party ( CNRP) won a general election in July.

The CNRP was formed in September last year by the amalgamation of two opposition parties - the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party.

"They do campaigns, saying that if they win, they will cancel all debts that people owed the banks. This will be a disaster if this problem occurs, the Pol Pot regime will happen again because to cancel all debts with the banks, they have to destroy the banks and annul all rules and regulations," the premier said during the inauguration of new achievements in Southwestern Kep province.

"If they dare not to topple the banks, it means that they are cheating people out of votes," said Hun Sen, adding, "When the Pol Pots possessed Phnom Penh (in 1975), they destroyed all banks."

The premier also warned that turbulence would happen in Cambodia if the opposition party won the upcoming poll. However, he said, it was too far for the opposition party to win the election.

Cambodia is scheduled to hold a general election on July 28. According to the National Election Committee, eight political parties will run in the upcoming election, which will be voted by some 9.67 million Cambodians.

Analysts predict that the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen will definitely win the majority in the upcoming polls.

Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 74.

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