Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP get their say in National Assembly

The National Assembly, earlier this year. The position of National Assembly spokesman will be split into three roles to allow opposition representation.
The National Assembly, earlier this year. The position of National Assembly spokesman will be split into three roles to allow opposition representation. Scott Howes

CNRP get their say in National Assembly

The position of National Assembly spokesman will no longer be held exclusively by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, with the role to be split in three, allowing for two partisan representatives and one from the parliament’s secretariat.

The decision issued yesterday and signed by National Assembly President Heng Samrin follows reforms to the parliament’s internal regulations agreed to by the CPP and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, approved late last month.

The CNRP had pushed for the role to be depoliticised, with long-time parliamentary spokesman Chheang Vun, also a CPP lawmaker, often criticised for bias in representing the body.

According to the decision, the parliament will appoint National Assembly General Secretary Leng Peng Long as a neutral spokesman.

Each party will also be permitted to put forward a candidate for the position. Yesterday, spokesmen for both parties said no selections had yet been made.

CNRP spokesman Eng Chhay Eang said the outcome showed compromise between the parties was possible.

“This is the result of efforts by both parties following debates to amend the internal regulations of the parliament,” Chhay Eang said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Cambodia's last tile masters: Why a local craft is under threat

Brought over by the French, painted cement tile making has been incorporated into Cambodian design for more than a century, even as the industry has died out in Europe.

Interview: Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father

The story of Loung Ung and her family’s suffering under the Khmer Rouge became known around the world with the success of her autobiographical book, First They Killed My Father.

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields.