Renewed Candlelight Party a sign of political split between former CNRP leaders, analysts say

Former CNRP president Sam Rainsy (Center Right) and vice president Kem Sokha greet supporters during Rainsy's 2013 homecoming to Phnom Penh. Picture taken July 19, 2013. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The outlawed CNRP cannot be resurrected, says a political analyst, with the soon-to-be resurrection of the Candlelight Party just the latest step toward a new opposition landscape of smaller, fractured parties.

CNRP splinter parties cause internal strife, analysts say

Drivers pass a sign for the newly formed Cambodia National Love Party in Battambang city. Photo taken on August 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A widening rift between former Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders and members that have split off to form their own parties threatens any chance of a united opposition front, analysts say.

Political opposition charts uncertain path as former CNRP leaders join separate parties

Supporters of the former CNRP gather during the commune election campaign in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 20, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As more former CNRP officials split to form a new party for the upcoming election, political observers are cautioning that quality beats quantity when it comes to building a competitive opposition.