If the Cambodia Nationality Party (CNP) wins the forthcoming national election, as its acting president and staunch supporters optimistically predict it will, its president, the Venerable Ta Hang, will defrock and become the first monk to move directly from the pagoda to the Peace Palace. As many as 1,000 CNP followers from across the country gathered to rally support in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, and despite being absent, Ta Hang’s picture was on display for all to see.