Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association

Daniel Zak

Funcinpec Party's president Norodom Chakravuth meets his supporters in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2023. (CamboJA/ Pring Samrang)

After Decades of Decline, the Royalist Funcinpec Party Hopes to Regain Some Influence

Once the largest political party in Cambodia, the royalist party Funcinpec has been unable to reverse its steep decline in votes and influence since 1993. With the Candlelight Party disqualified from the election, Funcinpec is the largest remaining party allowed to contest Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP. The party faces an uphill battle, having won only 1.27% of the vote in the communal elections last year and with all National Assembly seats currently held by the CPP.