Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)


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Cambodia seatsPartyforumseasia:
The dominant ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is the most closed and secretive of the country’s political parties. This does not come as a surprise, as the roots of the CPP are communist, revolutionary and anti-colonialist at the same time. Today’s CPP developed out of the Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party (KPRP), founded in 1951 during the struggle for national independence which was won in 1953. It gained additional credibility with the Cambodian people by its resistance against the Khmer Rouge, finally toppled by the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, which also explains the CPP’s close and complex relationship with the Vietnamese Communist Party. In 1991, during the peace and reconciliation process, the party was renamed the Cambodian People’s Party, and, in tune with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the decline of Communism internationally and the economic necessities of reconstruction, the party abandoned its Marxist-Leninist ideology, which, according to some of the true blue Communists in Europe, was not fully understood and sufficiently deep rooted among the Cambodian clients anyway. This may partially explain the easy adoption of market principles and other more liberal features in the new platform of the party, which is not really a coherent program but more of a long and detailed list of partially rather lofty goals spanning from the protection of human rights and private property over public welfare and rural development to industry, science and culture

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