The Chairman of the Khmer National Assembly, 50-year-old in Tam yesterday (Monday) launched his campaign to opposed president Lon Nol in next month's presidential elections.
The Chairman of the Khmer National Assembly, 50-year-old in Tam yesterday (Monday) launched his campaign to opposed president Lon Nol in next month's presidential elections. He is one of two challengers to Marshal Nol's candidacy - the other is 41-year-old Keo Ann, a former Dean of the Law Faculty at Phnom Penh University.
Marshal Nol, 59, became president last March after persuading head of state Cheng Geng to resign in his favour. He also kept his old posts as Premier and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and rules by personal decree, having cancelled a proposed new Constitution when he took over a president.
Former General and Vice-Premier In Tam who had earlier been strongly tipped as the possible next Premier under Marshal Nol's Presidency - was sacked from the Interior Ministry last year by the then prime Minister Lon Nol on the ground of "incompetence" - and is said to be anxious to make a come-back of prominence.
Candidate Keo Ann was dismissed from his University post in March after publicly criticising Deputy Premier Sirik Matak.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidential election campaign in full swing in Phnom Penh - until Monday, there were no opposition candidates to challenge President Lon Nol in next month's elections. Here president Nol is seen speaking to reporters and supporters as he campaigns in the Khmer capital. But now the President - who took power after persuading the Head of State to resign last March - is faced with two opponents.
One of them is National Assembly Chairman In Tam - at whose home security guards are checking visitors. The fifty-year-old former General and Vice-premier, was sacked from the Interior Ministry by marshal Nol last year - and is now said to be anxious to make a political comeback in a position of prominence. Until recently he had been strongly tipped as the Khmer Republic's next Premier, under Marshal Nol's Presidency - but now he has decided to try for the top job himself. The third candidate in the Presidential race is Keo Ann, a former Dean of Law at Phnom Penh University. Both opposition candidates are strongly in favour of a new Constitution, giving the Assembly stronger powers - a move that President Nol has opposed.