Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has told his critics, including the international community, to stay quiet in the future and allow him resolve the domestic problems in Cambodia, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Friday.
Speaking at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Thursday, Hun Sen said there were lessons to be learned from last Friday’s royal pardon for deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, saying that he had only made his decision to offer the olive branch after his critics kept silient.
“This is a message to say that Cambodia knows how to solve its problems, so do not put on any pressure. Hun Sen has different behavior to others – if you put on pressure, I sleep and calmly ignore. You cannot put pressure on this person,” he said.
“Do not use these words, international pressure. When I was threatened, it was useless,” said Hun Sen as he noted that silence from the international community and the opposition led to Sokha’s pardon.
However, Sokha has insisted that he did not cut any deal with Hun Sen. But after his pardon, the CNRP made one major change long sought by the CPP which is the replacement of opposition leader Sam Rainsy with Sokha as parliamentary minority leader.