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MPs resign to retain posts

Newly-elected CPP lawmakers, who held positions in the government, officially resigned yesterday from the National Assembly in order to keep their government posts. In a five-page document submitted by the CPP to the National Election Committee yesterday, 38 lawmakers with senior minister, minister and secretary ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50532395/mps-resign-to-retain-posts/

Supreme Consultative Council officially created

King Norodom Sihamoni has legitimised the Supreme Consultative Council and appointed 30 representatives of 15 political parties as advisors to the government at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.   ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50531950/supreme-consultative-council-officially-created/

Old faces form new government

With the National Assembly giving a vote of confidence to form the new government yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen unveiled his new cabinet, which did not change except for the addition of a new ministerial post. ...

Taing Vida and Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50531459/old-faces-form-new-government/

‘Unity’ urged by King as West ‘boycotts’ opening

King Norodom Sihamoni used the opening of parliament on Wednesday morning to call for “strong national solidarity based on the spirit of national unity” as he inaugurated the sixth mandate of the National Assembly in a ceremony that was devoid of representatives from major Western ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unity-urged-king-west-boycotts-opening

Ousted lawmakers vacate seats

Forty-four lawmakers from three political parties lost their status yesterday in the newly-formed National Assembly after winning no seats in the July 29 national election. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50530799/ousted-lawmakers-vacate-seats/

Lawmakers to take oaths today

All 125 elected CPP members will today attend the National Assembly’s first session and take oaths to be lawmakers before King Norodom Sihamoni. The National Assembly’s secretary-general Leng Penglong said yesterday that the King will preside over the opening session today with the presence of ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50530485/lawmakers-to-take-oaths-today/

Australia to miss opening of assembly due to ‘flawed’ poll

As Australia became the latest Western embassy to announce it would not be sending a representative to Wednesday’s opening of parliament, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan dismissed the US and EU Ambassadors being “unable to attend” as no loss because “they give no value ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/australia-miss-opening-assembly-due-flawed-poll

NA’s permanent committee to approve two senators

The National Assembly is slated to approve the appointment of two senators from the royalist Funcinpec party on Monday to fill in the new 62-seat Senate that will convene its first session at the end of this month. ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50299280/nas-permanent-committee-to-approve-two-senators/

CPP spokesman touts one-party rule, points to China’s example

Fresh off a clean sweep in the Senate elections on Sunday, a ruling party spokesman and newly elected senator yesterday espoused the benefits of one-party rule in Cambodia, pointing to the example of chief patron China while glossing over longstanding concerns about the superpower’s human ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cpp-spokesman-touts-one-party-rule-points-chinas-example

UN urges rethink of constitution changes

UN rights experts yesterday urged the government to reconsider constitutional amendments, including a law that forbids insulting the monarchy, saying the changes were too vague and failed to meet international standards. Parliament last week adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy, along with other amendments ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50109667/un-urges-rethink-constitution-changes/

Hun Sen’s ‘vision’ would see him bypass National Assembly, shrink cabinet

During a cabinet meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a “vision” to shrink the country’s cabinet by excluding secretaries and undersecretaries of state from the body, and to be given the right to bypass the National Assembly by appointing them directly, according to ...

Mech Dara and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sens-vision-would-see-him-bypass-national-assembly-shrink-cabinet

New NEC members approved

The National Assembly approved the replacement of three members of the National Election Committee yesterday. It also recognized 16 new members of parliament from the ruling CPP. ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5094772/new-nec-members-approved/

Fresh calls for Sokha’s release

With Cambodia’s former opposition leader Kem Sokha languishing in a remote jail for more than three months now, international organisations and parliamentarians have renewed their calls for his immediate release and for the reversal of the controversial dissolution of his Cambodia National Rescue Party. ...

Niem Chheng and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fresh-calls-sokhas-release

As CNRP’s dissolution looms, small parties look set to enter a big stage

The seemingly impending demise of Cambodia’s main opposition, and the snap draft laws put in motion to replace them in parliament, threatens to throw a handful of obscure parties into the political arena at the highest level. ...

Ben Sokhean and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrps-dissolution-looms-small-parties-look-set-enter-big-stage

Hun Sen spins demise of CNRP into boon for democracy

“They talk about the multi-party problem, but I want to confirm that when the one party is dissolved, there will be five parties that will replace it. That means that it will go from two parties to six parties in the National Assembly,” Hun Sen ...

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-spins-demise-cnrp-boon-democracy

‘Red-handed treason’: Kem Sokha faces 30 years after being charged under Article 443

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha was officially charged with treason yesterday, about 36 hours after he was arrested at his Phnom Penh residence and sent to a Tbong Khmum prison. If Sokha is found guilty, his party could be dissolved based on new legislation that prevents ...

Leonie Kijewski, Niem Chheng and Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/red-handed-treason-kem-sokha-faces-30-years-after-being-charged-under-article-443

Assembly criticised over MPs’ immunity

During an otherwise routine National Assembly session to make amendments to the Senate Election Law, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay yesterday took the opportunity to criticise the assembly for not adhering to immunity laws after the arrests and convictions of lawmakers Um Sam An and Senator ...

Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/assembly-criticised-over-mps-immunity

Parliaments share auditing experience

The Cambodian, Laos, and Vietnam parliaments have shared a stage to discuss their expenditure experiences and improve transparency and auditing of public investment in areas such as infrastructure. ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36507/parliaments-share-auditing-experience/

Failures at assembly pile up

National Assembly effectiveness declined last year with prosecutions of opposition lawmakers, partisan passing of laws and many assembly members visiting constituents only to shore up their vote, an election watchdog claimed yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35719/failures-at-assembly-pile-up/

Party-busting bill passed in ‘final blow’ to democracy

In what some are calling one of the most significant threats to democracy that Cambodia has faced in a generation, the CPP-controlled National Assembly on Monday voted to give the government and courts sweeping new powers over political parties. ...

Ben Sokhean and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/party-busting-bill-passed-in-final-blow-to-democracy-125486/

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