Sam Rainsy Party
|Sam Rainsy Party
គណបក្ស សម រង្ស៊ី,
Kanakpak Sam Rainsy
|Merged into||Cambodian National Rescue Party|
|Headquarters||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|International affiliation||Liberal International,
Alliance of Democrats,
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
|Politics of Cambodia
The Sam Rainsy Party (Khmer: Kanakpak Sam Rainsy; SRP) was a personalist liberal party in Cambodia. The party was a member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, Liberal International, and the Alliance of Democrats. The name of the leader, Sam Rainsy, is pronounced in Khmer as “Som Rangsee”.
The Sam Rainsy Party, founded in 1995 as the Khmer Nation Party and given its current name in 1998, constitutes the official opposition to the ruling Cambodian People's Party. Since the decline of the junior coalition partner, Funcinpec, in the 2008 National Assembly elections, the Sam Rainsy Party is now considered the second largest party in Cambodia. It is the largest opposition party in Cambodia.
The Sam Rainsy Party won 15 of the 123 seats in the National Assembly in the 1998 elections, 24 seats in the 2003 elections, and 26 seats in the 2008 elections with 21% of the vote. The SRP won two seats in the 2006 Senate elections.
In 2008, party activist Tuot Saron was arrested on a charge of "being an accomplice to unlawful confinement". International human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International described the charges as a politically motivated attempt to intimidate other SRP activists. Tuot Saron was released on 26 November 2010, following a Royal Pardon decree.
In the 2012 Cambodian Senate elections, the Sam Rainsy Party gained nine new seats in the Senate. It has now become a part of the National Sustaining Party (also known as the National Salvation Party).
General election results
|Election||Total seats won||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome of election||Election leader|
|1998||699,665||14.3%||15 seats; opposition||Sam Rainsy|
|2003||1,130,423||21.9%||9 seats; opposition||Sam Rainsy|
|2008||1,316,714||21.9%||2 seats; opposition||Sam Rainsy|
- Contributions to liberal theory
- Liberalism worldwide
- List of liberal parties
- Liberal democracy
- "Cambodia Prisoner of Conscience Tuot Saron". Amnesty International. September 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- "Cambodia: Opposition Officials Arrested to Sway Elections". Human Rights Watch. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- "Tout Saron, SRP activist and Amnesty Int'l "Prisoner of Conscience", finally released from jail". Cambodian Today. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Sam Rainsy Party official site
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