Norodom Ranariddh Party

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Norodom Ranariddh Party

គណបក្ស នរោត្ដម រណឫទ្ធិ
LeaderSao Rany
Founded16 November 2006
Dissolved7 April 2014[1]
IdeologyKhmer nationalism
Political positionCentre-right
ReligionTheravada Buddhism

The Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP, Kanakpak Norodom Ranariddh) is a Cambodian political party created by Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who has left the Royalist FUNCINPEC party of which he was previously leader/chairman.[2]

A congress of people chose to change the name of their political party called Khmer National Front Party to the Norodom Ranariddh Party on 16 November 2006 and elected Prince Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh as the president of NRP.[3]

It was briefly known as the Nationalist Party from 2008 to 2010.

Political ideology[edit]

The party promotes various ideologies altogether. Firstly its conservative-right ideology promotes the preservation of Cambodia's "cultural landmarks" while improving the capital city "Phnom Penh's master plan" to mend "buildings in the city in order to" be an excellent "modern city." The party also wants to keep the existence of the " Khmer race and its culture, religion and language."[4] The NRP wants to nationally stop the "increase in the price of goods" they will get rid of "the monopoly on foreign good import" and take away "tariffs on" the necessary foods Cambodia gets from other countries.[5]

On the ideas it promotes in its left wing ideology it believes in making the "minimum wages for factory workers" become larger.[4] The NRP would oppose the "blocks of flats which have been constructed to poor technical standards" particularly those with no necessary emergency systems.[5] Finally the liberal part of this party's ideology is promoting freedom from the rulers of Cambodia who only think of "power, money and themselves" and because of that they would frighten Cambodian people by being a "dictatorial" and militaristic government. Therefore, NRP will oppose this and defend "democracy" and the "rule of law". Apart from that, finally with the party's position on the "city's judicial systems" it will "reform" it freeing it from any damaging misguidance so it can give its "independence and fairness for the people."[5]

Political activities[edit]

The Norodom Ranariddh Party has created recently an alliance with three political parties called the Sam Rainsy Party, FUNCINPEC party and the Human Rights Party. Together they wanted the international community and Cambodia to oppose the Cambodian elections that were "won" on 27 July 2008 by the Cambodian People's Party because this alliance of four parties say that the CPP "manipulated and rigged" the elections.[6]

Now some time recently Prince Norodom Ranariddh had chosen to go and be in "retirement from politics" on Friday 3 October 2008. However he still will have influence on "NRP policy". While that's happening the party will "appoint" as "acting president" Chhim Siek Leng "as its next leader."[7]

Norodom Ranariddh entered politics again on 11 December 2010, when the NRP (which had been known as the Nationalist Party after Norodom Ranariddh left) renamed itself again.[8]

General election results[edit]

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
02 / 123
337,943 5.62% Increase2 seats; opposition Sao Rany


  1. ^ Mech Dara (8 April 2014). "Nationalism Party to Dissolve Itself Into Opposition CNRP". The Cambodia Daily. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ AFP (3 October 2008). "Cambodian prince quits politics after return from exile", Google News.
  3. ^ "First anniversary of NRP".
  4. ^ a b "Party profiles: An election rundown", Phnom Penh Post (11 July 2008).
  5. ^ a b c "Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP)". VuthaNews.
  6. ^ "Four Major Political Parties Reject Election Results" (JPG). Norodom Ranariddh Party (28 July 2008).
  7. ^ "Search". Phnom Penh Post.
  8. ^ "Cambodia's Prince Ranariddh officially restarts political career - People's Daily Online".

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