Cambodian Journalism Review

Gov’t Impasse Is Killing Dream for Democracy
October 21, 2007, 9:31 am
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Gov’t Impasse Is Killing Dream for Democracy

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh


ike the road to heaven, the road to democracy in Iraq is very rough and fatal. Yet, the renewed pledge by US President George W Bush recently gives the Iraqi people a bit of a hopeful dream for democracy.

Sadly, the US and the international community seem to forget about Cambodia as they’ve turned most of their attention to Iraq. It’s been 10 months now since the national elections were held in Cambodia. Despite endless talks between the three victorious parties, there is not much hope that a new government is going to take shape soon.

Even if it is created, this new government won’t be a truly democratic government given it is based on talks and compromise between political parties and not from people’s real wishes expressed during the elections.

The absence of a new government has forced Cambodia to turn to a risky move. While desperately waiting for more international assistance, the current government has turned to communist China for economic aid and investments. If this situation continues, Cambodia will become more dependent on China and other communist countries.

Though these countries might claim that they won’t interfere in Cambodia’s internal affairs and democratic process, their kindness may well be just an ulterior motive. This will make Cambodia’s dream for democracy to fade.

Cambodia needs help from the US and the international community to restore its dream to build a true democratic nation. Cambodian people need a new government so that they can rebuild their lives and make their living.

The ongoing political deadlock can’t be prolonged much longer. The US and the international community should intervene and solve this political stalemate before it’s too late.

Unlike in Iraq, Cambodia’s road to democracy is pretty well paved. But, Cambodia’s democracy can easily go off track if current crisis continues.


FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2004


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