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National Assembly not doing job: report

National Assembly not doing job: report

Election watchdog Comfrel said yesterday that the National Assembly was not doing enough to solve Cambodians’ problems despite the opposition party having joined in August.

In a report, it said that while the situation was undoubtedly better now than during almost a year of post-election deadlock, there remained serious issues.

The group said that numerous land disputes, the use of lethal force on protesters by authorities in January last year and rights abuses were still not being sufficiently looked into while people are suffering “and rely on their lawmaker for assistance”.

Moreover, Comfrel executive director Koul Panha said during a roundtable discussion that requests or invitations sent to Assembly President Heng Samrin via ruling party representatives were often blocked.

Comfrel also reported statistics on the activities of lawmakers since the 55 Cambodia National Rescue Party deputies joined parliament. It claimed that parliamentarians, on the whole, had attended events, visited constituencies or received complaints from citizens 1,274 times since August.

Forty-six of 55 CNRP lawmakers met with the public some 664 times, while 50 of 68 CPP lawmakers participated in such activities some 610 times in total, it said.

Senior CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun declined to comment in detail, but said what Comfrel alleged about the assembly was not accurate.

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