PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald)—Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced his support to the organization of entertainment program during the three-day holiday, from Nov. 24 to 26, 2015, reported the State News Agency-AKP.
The premier made the announcement here this morning at the inauguration ceremony of the Project for Flood Protection and Drainage Improvement in the Phnom Penh Capital City (Phase III) under the Japan’s Grant Aid Programme, in response to some analysis criticizing that the cancellation of the Water Festival is due to the government’s fear of opposition-led mass protests on the occasion.
Boat racing cannot be held due to low water level, but the entertainment program, including concerts, must be organized in the capital city during the three-day holiday, aiming at attracting 4 to 5 million domestic tourists to the capital city, he underlined.
The water level in front of the Royal Palace is now at 4.70 meters only and will further drop to 4.20 meters in 20 days, while the water level needed for boat racing is around 7 meters, said Premier Hun Sen.
The prime minister took the opportunity to reject all analysis explaining the cancellation of Water Festival by the government’s fear of possible mass protests after the removal of Kem Sokha, Vice President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) from his post of First Vice President of the National Assembly on Oct. 30.