|Cambodian Prime Minister and Cambodian People's Party (CPP) Vice President Hun Sen attends the closing ceremony of the party congress in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on March 17, 2013. The ruling Cambodian People's Party concluded its congress on Sunday, fully supporting the candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen for the post of prime minister in the next term if the party continues to win the general election in July, the party's chief said. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
PHNOM PENH, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) concluded its congress on Sunday, fully supporting the candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen for the post of prime minister in the next term if the party continues to win the general election in July, the party's chief said.
Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 90.
"The congress unanimously supports the candidacy of Hun Sen, CPP's Vice-President, as Prime Minister of Cambodia for the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly (2013-2018) and terms thereafter," CPP President Chea Sim said in the closing address.
"The congress also reviews the evaluation work in preparation for the party committee at all levels to contest for victory in the 5th legislative term elections of the National Assembly, which will take place on July 28, 2013," he said. "We have prepared well for the forthcoming elections."
The two-day congress was attended by 2,248 senior members.
The congress adopted the proclamation of the political platform of the party for the construction and defense of the motherland for 2013-2018, according to the congress resolutions released on Sunday.
It added that the congress also clearly certified the participation of the CPP in the forthcoming elections in the spirit of respecting the electoral law, order, procedure and ethical codes of conduct, while sincerely cooperating with every national institution, political parties and circles to guarantee the elections' proceeding in a free, fair and just manner.
The CPP won up to 90 seats out of the 123 parliamentary seats in the last election in July 2008.