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Local pol pushes on revenue at Angkor Wat

An opposition lawmaker in Siem Reap province is planning to file a complaint to the Constitutional Council to review National Assembly President Heng Samrin’s decision not to forward his request to terminate Sokimex’s Angkor Wat ticket collection licence.

The decision was contrary to Article 96 of the constitution, which requires all lawmaker requests to be sent to the government within a week, Oum Sam An, a Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker, said.

Sam An filed the request, addressed to Prime Minister Hun Sen, on March 3.

The lawmaker alleges that the company has not been transparent with the number of foreign visitors to the temples and the amount of revenue collected.

Samrin returned the letter to Sam An on Monday with a note suggesting the request be sent to the parliament’s finance committee, which is also investigating the use of funds collected.

Suos Yara, a Cambodian People’s Party spokesman, said the CNRP’s request was “illogical”.

“We have auditing institutions, and we also have declared the revenue, so nothing is mysterious,” he added.

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