During his ongoing visit to western provinces to meet people affected by flooding, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to people to vote for the CPP to protect the country’s peace.
He had last week justified his visit against accusations of using the flooding for election campaigning. Hun Sen at the time said a prime minister could not ignore people’s suffering.
“Among the people that I distribute [aid] to, there will be people who vote for other people. So you have to thank me,” he said in a speech to unnamed critics.
But on Monday, as he distributed rice seeds and food supplies to more than 11,000 families in Battambang province, Hun Sen specifically appealed for votes for the ruling party.
“Now, [we] have peace. [We] have to work together to protect this peace at all cost,” Hun Sen said. “To guarantee there is peace [and we are] able to maintain peace, the only option is to vote for the Cambodian People’s Party.”
Hun Sen thanked people who voted for the CPP in the commune election earlier this year, and this had laid the foundation for the CPP to win the national election next year. He appealed to people to continue to vote for the CPP.
“[I] hope that next year on July 23, 2023, people will continue to vote for the Cambodian People’s Party,” Hun Sen said.
He is set to continue to Pursat to meet flood-affected families there.