The Sam Rainsy Party (Kanakpak Sam Rangsee) is a personalist and more or less[vague] liberal party in Cambodia. The party is a member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. The name of the leader, Sam Rainsy is pronounced in Khmer as Som Raeangsee.
The Sam Rainsy Party, founded in 1995 as the Khmer National Party and given its current name in 1998, was the third largest party in Cambodia until the 2008 elections, and constitutes the official opposition to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. After the decline of the junior coalition partner Funcinpec in the 2008 National Assembly elections, the Sam Rainsy Party is now arguably the second largest party in Cambodia.
The Sam Rainsy Party won 15 of the 123 seats in the National Assembly in the 1998 elections, 24 seats in the 2003 elections, and 26 seats in the 2008 elections with 21% of the vote. The SRP won only 2 seats in the 2006 Senate elections.