Cambodia: two political parties form alliance ahead of election hinh anh 1Leader of the Khmer National United Party Nhek Bun Chhay.(Source: The Cambodia Daily)
Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Khmer National United Party led by Nhek Bun Chhay and the Cambodia National Justice Party headed by Heang Rithy signed on January 18 a memorandum of understanding on forging cooperation and an alliance to prepare for the upcoming commune and ward election and the general election in 2018.

In a joint statement issued after the signing ceremony, the two parties said that the cooperation and alliance are made on the basis of solidarity as well as unity in political positions and with regard to the interests of the nation and the Khmer people.

They expected that the alliance will help the two parties reap positive outcomes in the upcoming elections.

By the end of 2016, 68 political parties have registered their operations at the Interior Ministry, including 14 parties set up after the 2013 National Assembly election. Only the Cambodian People Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) are sharing parliamentary seats.

Cambodia organizes the general election on a five-year basis. The latest election took place in July 2013 during with Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen’s CPP won 68 seats and the CNRP secured 55 seats, out of the 123 seats in the National Assembly.-VNA