The Norodom Ranariddh Party has changed into a new grouping, but most of its members have already jumped to support the royalist FUNCINPEC
In the 2nd commune council elections in 2007, the CPP won 1,592 commune chiefs among the country's 1,633 communes, following by the Sam Rainsy Party with 28 commune chief positions and the royalist Funcinpec
Party with 2 communes.
Sam Rainsy, whose party formed the Alliance of Democrats with FUNCINPEC
after they both suffered setbacks in the general election in July last year, dismissed the planned assembly meeting as ''a cold constitutional coup against the king of Cambodia.
According to campaign materials sent out to the media, FUNCINPEC
pledges to "protect the monarchy regime, follow Sihanouk's style of leadership and lift the status of women and livelihood of the people.
The agreement was signed between Nhik Bun Chhay, executive president of the Funcinpec
party and Prince Norodom Ranariddh, president of Norodom Ranariddh party.
and the Sam Rainsy Party were very briefly covered,'' the statement said.
5 that FUNCINPEC
was seeking the top parliamentary post and was confident the CPP would cede it.
organized election, FUNCINPEC
surprised many political observers by capturing 45.
The prince initially went into exile but he later returned to Cambodia and ran in the 1998 election, in which FUNCINPEC
The prince formed the party in 2006 after he was ejected from the royalist party FUNCINPEC
which he had led since 1993.
The prince, who has been a co-prime minister, leader of the National Assembly and head of both the royalist FUNCINPEC
and his own self-named party, told reporters Thursday ''it is now time to leave'' Cambodia's political scene.
Ranariddh was a president of the royalist FUNCINPEC
until he was ousted in 2006 by the party.